Great Lakes Leather Alliance-Michigan Person of Leather Contestant Qualifications and Requirements

Special Notice: The Great Lakes Region consists of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Iowa. It is preferred that contestants run in his or her respective state. However, if you are on the border of Michigan, including areas of Canada, with permission of the Michigan and Great Lakes contests, we may be able to accommodate contestants not living in the State of Michigan. Please contact us to discuss further.


Thank you for your interest in the Great Lakes Leather Alliance-Michigan (GLLA-MI) Person of Leather contest. The title of GLLA-MI Person of Leather is a working one. They are honored positions that carries with them prestige and responsibility. The information presented may seem to be long and contain a great deal of information, but it holds both information relevant to the Contest and year's worth of information relevant to being a titleholder. By signing the contestant registration form, you are also agreeing to the terms of this Contestant Qualifications and Requirements with the GLLA-MI Producer (herein “Producer”).


The conduct of the titleholder must uphold the goals and interests of the International Person of Leather (IPoL) for its competitors. This is because the titleholder may eventually become a competitor at the IPoL ( contest after a successful win at Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend ( The titleholder will at all times exhibit conduct to the standards expected of a representative of the organization. You 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. You will avoid behavior that is disruptive or would tend to bring the reputation of the Contest into dispute; or which may place you in conflict or a perceived conflict with the interests of the Contest. Flagrant violation of this expectation may result in forfeiture of title.

Except as stated otherwise, the obligations of the contestant to the GLLA-MI producer and the GLLA-MI contest under this agreement cease upon the announcement of the new GLLA-MI Person of Leather.

Michigan Person of Leather Contestant Qualifications and Requirements

The GLLA-MI Person of Leather Contest is a celebration of the diversity in the Leather Community. The title of Person of Leather exists to promote that diversity.

GLLA-MI Person of Leather is a community service title. We see that the leather community consists of extremely diverse people with a common thread throughout, that thread being Leather culture.

Each year, a single Person of Leather will be selected. This selection is not based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on the ability to articulate views, passions, and dedications and to make an impact in the community. It is expected that the Person of Leather will act as mentor, educator, role model and spokesperson throughout the title year.

The goal of the Person of Leather is to promote and celebrate the diversity of Leather Culture regionally throughout the alternative sex-positive community on behalf of the GLLA-MI Person of Leather Contest.

  1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years old and identify as a Leatherperson within the Leather community;
  2. Must have a demonstrated interest in Leather, BDSM or fetishes, as determined by the judging panel;
  3. Must be a resident of Michigan, unless the producer grants an exception;
  4. Must not hold a current title unless approved by the Producer;
  5. Must agree to appear onstage wearing attire appropriate to the title;
  6. Must agree to appear onstage and perform an onstage BDSM fantasy sex scene of an explicit nature (while conforming with local regulations, if any, pertaining to nudity and obscenity) as required at the regional and International contests; this is NOT a requirement of the GLLA-MI contest itself;
  7. Must be able to demonstrate BDSM skill as determined by the judging panel. This demonstration must take place during the Contest weekend;
  8. Must agree to represent the title throughout the title year and refrain from competing in any other leather, rubber, fetish or bootblack title contest until the conclusion of the title year with the exception of the Great Lakes Person of Leather contest (see #14);
  9. Must agree to return to the Contest next year to step aside from the title;
  10. Must agree to permit on-stage photographs to be taken for the use on the GLLA-MI website and/or related promotional materials;
  11. Must read, sign and agree to the terms of the statement of the contestant application and agreement, the responsibilities and expectations of the winner, and photographic release wavier and attach a photocopy of the first page of their passport or driver's license with the numbers blacked out;
  12. Must provide a personal bio of not more than (100) one hundred words and a 3"x3" head shot photograph (300dpi, jpg or png) for the program guide book and/or website;
  13. Each individual contestant shall donate one (1) select auction item (or basket) to be used in the silent auction to raise funds for the GLLA-MI travel fund;
  14. Must agree to compete at the next Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) weekend (;
  15. Must have a fund raiser for the GLLA-MI travel fund prior to GLLA weekend;
  16. Must be capable of obtaining a valid passport;
  17. Must not have any outstanding warrants or international warrants of a felony conviction at the time of the competition.


The judging categories and maximum point scores for the contest are:

  • Leather Lifestyle: 30
  • Interview: 60
  • Speech (Minimum 90 seconds, Maximum 2 minutes): 40
  • Pop Question: 20
  • BDSM Skill Demonstration: 50
  • Total Maximum Score: 200

Speech not within the time requirement 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.


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. For the Person of Leather title, this will initiate judging for the Leather Lifestyle component. Saturday morning will begin with the contestant interviews for all GLLA-MI titles.

  • Interview and BDSM demonstration will begin the Saturday morning of the contest weekend.
  • Interviews will be allotted approximately 15 minutes per contestant. These sections take place at the host bar. Contestant interviews are public. Contestants not being interviewed will be sequestered. At each contestant's interview, only the contestant, judges, the judge's boy, tally master will directly participate.
  • BDSM demonstrations will take place immediately following interviews. Each contestant should plan on an approximately fifteen (15) minute demo with an absolute limit of thirty (30) minutes.
  • The remaining components of the Contest will take place in the evening and will consist of Speech and Pop Question.

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

Leather Lifestyle

The Leather Lifestyle category of the contest gives contestants the opportunity to demonstrate concern for the entire Leather/SM/fetish community, during the weekend. Leather Lifestyle includes interaction with judges, other contestants, VIPs, and the general public during the Contest weekend. This starts Friday when the contestants arrive and continues until the staged portion of the contest begins. We are looking for a titleholder who can get along with and be open to everyone. One-on-one interaction between the titleholder and the community is an important part of a titleholder's reign.


The interview process allows each individual contestant to meet with the judging panel offstage prior to the competitions to answer the judge's questions about the contestant's interest in leather, BDSM, fetishes, knowledge, this community involvement, and his willingness and ability to represent the title.

The interview process also allows the judges to ask questions from the contestant about his or her ideas or any pertinent questions that may need clarification of a particular stand a contestant has taken. All questions are allowed and it is up to the discretion of the contestant to respond.


Titleholders are frequently asked to speak in public and this is often the best way they have to reach large audiences.

Each participant will give a speech from the stage on any subject they believe is relevant to the audience. The speech must last between 90 seconds and two minutes. No notes or visual aids will be allowed. Not meeting the time guidelines will be penalized in the scoring

Pop Question

The Person of Leather needs to be able to think quickly and answer questions off the cuff, when interacting with other people.

Pop Questions include appearance on stage and how the contestant answers a light/humorous question and one serious question asked by the emcee(s). The questions will be created in advance by the panel of Judges and will be specific to each contestant as they appear on stage. Every effort will be made to ensure that the questions are equally relevant and thought provoking to provide a fair balance.

BDSM Demonstration

The BDSM demonstration category allows the contestant an opportunity to show at least one of the many BDSM skills. Competitors must provide their own partner(s) for the demonstration, however if the skill can be shown effectively without a partner, that is permissible. If necessary, contact the contest producer with help finding a partner to help you with your demonstration. The demonstrations will take place publicly. Please note, at the Regional and International levels, the BDSM portion of the contest is replaced with an on-stage fantasy. The Producer will assist you with presenting your fantasy, but the Producer will not create your fantasy.


  • The winners is not obligated to travel, speak, participate, or do any fundraising (aside from one for the GLLA-MI travel fund) although they may be asked to do so by clubs, organizations, and businesses in the community. If they elect to travel, speak, participate, or do fundraising, they do so of their own volition. It is not a requirement of the title.
  • The winner is encouraged to attend as many other local leather events and contests. However, the travel fund may not be used to reimburse travel expenses unless approved in advance by the Producer.

The last obligation of the titleholder will be to act as the outgoing titleholder at the Contest in which a 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 Contest the year after having 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 titleholder 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.