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Great Lakes Leather Alliance-Michigan Master/slave Contestant Qualifications and Requirements

BASIC PHILOSOPHY FOR THE MASTER/SLAVE CONTEST AND TITLES

Thank you for your interest in the Great Lakes Leather Alliance-Michigan (GLLA-MI) Master and slave contest (herein "Contest"). The GLLA-MI Master and slave titles (herein "Titles") is working ones. The Producer of the Contest is committed to providing the leather/BDSM community with a Michigan Master and a Michigan slave who will represent the Master/slave community and lifestyle with integrity and competence. The holders of these titles will be spokespersons for the Master/slave community, and as such, one of the most important attributes of the titleholders should be the ability to clearly and effectively communicate what it means to them to live and identify as Master or slave.

It is expected that the holders of the titles take every opportunity to educate the leather/BDSM community on the Master/slave lifestyle and actively seek out venues that will allow them to speak on Master/slave issues, whether that be through speeches, seminar presentations, participation on panel discussions, writing articles, etc.

The Master and slave titles are not about a particular "look," dress, body type, gender or sexual orientation. There is no required set of protocols that Master and slave are expected to follow. Contestants are not required to have a formal "platform"; however, questions from the judges regarding any specific plans or goals the contestants might have should they win the titles are quite appropriate.

REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR CONTESTANTS AND TITLEHOLDERS

  1. Must be a resident of Michigan, unless the Producer grants an exception;
  2. Must not hold a current title unless approved by the Producer;
  3. Contestant pairs must self-identify as Master and slave.
  4. Contestant pair must have been in a self-identified Master/slave relationship with each other for at least 1 year prior to the contest date.
  5. The contestants must be willing, should they win, to travel to a minimum of 2 events or BDSM/leather group meetings to present on Master/slave relationships and/or to represent the titles. One of the 2 events must be the next Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA). If the contestants win at GLLA, their representation of the Great Lakes titles will count towards their Michigan titles.
  6. The titleholders are strongly encouraged to attend more than the minimum number of events and to seek out opportunities to speak on Master/slave relationships.
  7. The titleholders must be willing to speak on Master/slave relationships to all segments of the BDSM/leather community. In addition, the titleholders are encouraged to select venues and attend events that offer them the opportunity to speak on Master/slave relationships, rather than to simply appear as titleholders.
  8. The contestants run for and win the GLLA-MI Master and slave titles as a pair. Should one (or both) members of the winning pair become unable to carry out the requirements of the Titles, the Producer will determine in what manner the titles will be represented for the remainder of the year in question.
  9. During the title year, the titleholders may not charge a fee for their personal use for participating in BDSM activity, whether sexual or non-sexual in nature. This does not prevent titleholders from engaging in fundraising activities for charities or for the Michigan Master/slave title that may include BDSM.
  10. Must be capable of obtaining a valid passport;
  11. Must not have any outstanding warrants or international warrants of a felony conviction at the time of the competition.
  12. The Producer, as owner of the Great Lakes Leather-Michigan Master and slave titles, reserves the right to recall the titles from the current titleholders if, in the Producer's judgement, the titleholders have failed to substantially comply with or fulfill the obligations of the title.

CONDUCT

The titleholders will at all times conduct themselves to the high standard expected as representatives of the organization. They are expected to be respectful and congenial, to act with integrity and the appropriate decorum, to be reliable and to ensure a welcoming, safe, sane, and consensual environment. They will avoid behavior that is disruptive or would tend to bring the reputation of the Contest into dispute; or which may place them in conflict or a perceived conflict with the interests of the Contest. Flagrant violation of this expectation may result in forfeiture of titles.

FRATERNIZATION WITH JUDGES

As soon as any contestant becomes aware of it, any contestant must immediately contact and disclose to the contest producer any relationship had, has or may have with any judge, any coordinator, judge's assistant, tally master and/or emcee that could or may be perceived as prejudicial to the outcome of the contest. The contest producer will determine if the relationship should result in the withdrawal of the contestant from the contest. All contestants shall be prohibited from having private meetings or engaging in sexual activity or leather scene play with any of the judges during the contest weekend and prior to the announcement of the results. Any behavior that might create even the appearance of bias will be brought to the attention of the producer, who will have the final say if the disqualification of the judge and/or contestant is warranted. To avoid accidental violation of this policy, all contestants, judges and officials should display their identification badges at all contests events.

Except as stated otherwise, the obligations of the contestant to the Producer and Contest under this agreement cease upon the announcement of the new Great Lakes Leather-Michigan Master/slave titleholders.

THE CONTEST

The judging categories and maximum scores for the contest are:

  • Interview: 60 Points
  • Speech (Maximum (2) two minutes): 40 Points
  • Presentation/Dynamics: 60 Points
  • On-stage Question: 40 Points
  • Total Maximum Score: 200 Points

Any time overages in a timed category will result in a 10% deduction by the tally master from the composite score of that category.

Scoring System

The Contest will use five (5) primary judges for all contest scoring with an alternate judge also scoring. Unless one of the primary judges is unable to complete scoring all events, the alternate judge's scoring will be discarded. If a primary judge is replaced by the alternate judge, the scores from the replaced judge will be discarded and replaced with only scores from the alternate judge.

Scores in each category will be averaged among the five judges' scores. The contestant whose aggregate score is highest will be declared as the winner. In the event of a tie, the alternate judge's score will be averaged into the scores as well to determine the winner. If this still results in a tie, the producer will determine the winner.

A minimum score of 140 points (70%) is required by any contestant to win.

Schedule

The following is a notional schedule for the weekend. An exact schedule of the Contest weekend will be provided to the contests at least one week prior to the event. Overall, Friday of the Contest weekend will be the meet and greet for the contestants and judges, and Saturday morning will begin with the contestant interviews for all GLLA-MI titles.

  • Interview will begin the Saturday morning of the contest weekend. Interviews will be allotted approximately 15 minutes per couple. These sections take place at the host bar and will be public. At each interview, only the contestant, judges, the judge's boy, and tally master will directly participate. Any other Master/slave contestants will be sequestered during the interviews of their fellow contestants.
  • Following all Contest interviews, each Master/slave couple is required to publicly present a brief presentation on any issue relating to Master/slave relationships. Each contestant pair will be allowed no more than 10 minutes total for the presentation. Contestant pairs are permitted to use handouts, props or other visual aids in their presentations, but are not required to do so. If a contestant pair chooses to use handouts, it is the responsibility of the contestant pair to bring enough copies for at least the judges of the Contest. If a contestant pair chooses to use props or other visual aids, the contestant pair is responsible for obtaining those items, including any equipment necessary to present a visual aid such as a projector, screen, etc. The cost of all handouts, props and other visual aids will be the responsibility of the contestant pairs. Both the Master and slave must speak during the presentation. The dynamics of the Master and slave interacting will also be judged during the presentation. No particular form of "protocol" is considered correct, however the judges will be looking for contestants that are comfortable in their particular dynamic. At the conclusion of the contestant pair's presentation, the contestant pair should be prepared for a brief 5-10 minutes Q&A period.
  • Speech - The Master and the slave will each make a speech during the Saturday evening contest on the topic of their choice. The Master will have 2 minutes for his or her speech and the slave will also have 2 minutes for his or her speech. The Master and the slave are not required to speak on the same topic. The order of speech presentation is up to the contestant pair.
  • On-stage question - During the Saturday evening contest, each Master and slave will draw and answer a "pop" question while on stage. The questions will generally focus on Master/slave relationships or more generally, on BDSM topics.

Please be present at least one half hour before the start of each part of competitions.

THE TRAVEL FUND

  • Contestant pairs are required to bring a basket of goods to be auctioned off during the Contest weekend. The monies from all contestants' baskets, not only Master/slave, go into the Contest travel fund.
  • All money raised at the contest event will be used to help cover the cost of GLLA weekend.
    • The Producer guarantee that contestants will not have to pay a registration fee, even if the travel fund is insufficiently funded.
    • Any remaining non-zero balance will be distributed to all contestants in a manner that makes the most sense. For example, the Master/slave titleholders are expected to share the same room.
    • Titleholders are strongly encouraged to have their own fundraisers to help offset their costs.
    • The titleholders may accept additional monetary support from groups, event sponsors or individuals to cover travel expenses, and may raise additional money to cover travel expenses through fundraising activities. The titleholders may not receive payment above and beyond actual travel expenses for speaking engagements or other activities performed in their role as Michigan Master and slave during the title year. Any excess funds should be donated to a community charity or other reasonable solution mutually agreed to by the titleholder and producers.

THE TITLE YEAR

  • Winners will receive medallions and patches representative of their titles. Patches may not be available at the time of the Contest, however they will be delivered to the winner as expeditiously as possible.
  • The winners are encouraged to attend as many other local leather events and contests as they may see fit. However, the travel fund may not be used to reimburse travel expenses unless approved in advance by the Producer.
  • Each winners will present one workshop during their title year. The workshop can be held at any Leather event of the winners choosing. Details of the workshop must be submitted to the Producer for approval. Examples of events include SINergy and educational class at CLAW.

The last obligation of the titleholder will be to act as the outgoing titleholder at the contest in which his successor is selected or appointed. Unless there is a conflict of interest, the titleholder may also be invited to act as a judge at the Great Lakes Leather-Michigan Contests the year after they have served. An example of a conflict of interest with a contestant would be if a titleholder is or has been involved in a relationship with a contestant that is or could be perceived as being a conflict of interest.

It is everyone's desire and in everyone's best interest that all the titleholders enjoys a full and complete year. It may happen that contentious issues arise during a title year. It is the responsibility of both the Producer and the titleholders to communicate all such issues and concerns to each other as soon as possible. The matter will nearly always be resolved to everyone's understanding. In the rare circumstance that an issue cannot be resolved, the Producer may determine that is no longer viable for the titleholder to complete the title year. Upon such determination being made, it will be communicated to the titleholder and all benefits and obligations described in this agreement will cease. If requested, any title vest, back-patch, medallion, trophy, sash, etc. will be immediately returned in good condition to the Producer.

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