The Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather contest, one of the signature events of next weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (Jan. 15-18 in Washington), has fairly high stakes with thousands of dollars available in prize gift certificates, merchandise, travel expenses and more available to the winner.
Baltimore resident Todd White has been coordinating the contest for the last five years and has been attending MAL for a decade. Seven contestants have applied thus far. Only one is from the Baltimore/D.C. area. Contestants will be judged in several categories, including interview, personality, jock strap and more. The contest, which dates to 1985, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $25. Details at leatherweekend.com.
White has been into leather for about 13 years.
“The appeal to the event is it feels like home to everyone from the old guard, to the kinksters to the first timers,” says the 44-year-old Martinsville, Va., native. “Those who are just curious are all made to feel welcome.”
White works by day as a home infusion intake coordinator with Medstar Health. He’s in a relationship with David Dean. White enjoys reading and movies in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Twenty-two years. My mother.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Describe your dream wedding.
My closest friends on the lawn at Monticello.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Putting care back into health care. Patients are humans, not just a number.
What historical outcome would you change?
I wouldn’t — things happen for a reason.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Wishing the Centaurs and friends of the club a safe and happy new year.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“I Know I’m Not Your Cup of Tea But That Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Take a Sip”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would panic and brace myself for the right-wing Christians and the movement that would follow.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
The supernatural, a higher power, heaven and hell.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Be mindful of other issues in the world.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
My family and those I love.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
All lesbians are butch and all gay men act like girls.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Behind the Red Door”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Medstar Health’s associate of the year.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
The only person who has your best interest at heart is you.
Why not? It’s a great town and the surrounding area provides a ton of diversity to the scene.