Of course (duh!) there’s a huge sexual component to the gay leather world but like many have said before, it’s a lot more than that.
“Unlike many other social communities in D.C., the people who are part of the leather scene will not judge you based on who you know, where you work or whether you have abs,” says Daniel Ferguson, the current Mr. D.C. Eagle. “Once you put on some leather, you can go to any leather bar in the world and you will find (friendly people).”
Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) is this weekend in Washington and is jam packed with official and unofficial events (a full rundown is on page ). Full details are online at leatherweekend.com.
Ferguson emceed at last night’s welcoming party at the Eagle and is gearing up for a huge weekend, his fourth at MAL. He says it will have special significance this year since he won his title in November, an experience he calls “overwhelming.”
Although he won’t be competing this weekend for the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather title, he will compete at International Mr. Leather in May and host the Scarlet’s Bake Sale charity event on Feb. 11.
Upon moving to Washington four years ago, Ferguson found friends in the leather and kink scene and also “began to notice I had a dominant disposition in the bedroom.”
The 34-year-old Lancaster, Pa., native hangs out at the Eagle three to five times per month and works by day as a commercial banking attorney.
Ferguson is in a poly relationship with his primary partner, Kris (aka Thrasher, a pup) and lives in Columbia Heights. He enjoys lifting weights, having a cigar, collecting leather gear, training boys and collecting vintage credit cards in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out to my parents since age 14, so 20 years now. At the time, I was still active in a religious community and conversations with Christians were some of the hardest.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
The D.C. Eagle, obviously.
Describe your dream wedding.
Frankly a wedding isn’t something I dream about. I am polyamorous, so I am not sure if I’ll ever choose to be married to one person.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I believe that male infant circumcision is morally unjustifiable.
What historical outcome would you change?
The country and the world would have been much better off under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
I am dating myself, but probably either the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase or murder trial, if you want to consider that a moment.
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Other than promoting my MAL events, I reposted a meme that gay culture is introducing yourself to someone and being told that you have met that person seven times. I can relate to that as a person who remembers (most) faces but forgets names constantly.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“A Daddy for all Seasons”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I am enjoying life far too much to change my sexual orientation now.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I believe that if there is a higher being out there, he isn’t concerned about how we are leading our lives, so lead your best life for yourself.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
In this political moment, we need unity to successfully oppose those who would oppress us.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
A number of things that I could probably achieve with great dedication and diligence, but that I would rather have right now.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That a “Daddy” has to be over 50 and have gray hair. Nonsense. Being a Daddy is entirely about your role as an authoritative and supportive man.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
The new Tom of Finland movie might be it. Every gay man should see it.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Asking “how are you” when we don’t mean it, which I am guilty of myself.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Achieving the body of your dreams, because you walk around in it every day and no one can take it away from you.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
You don’t need to shave all your body hair to be sexy. Also, you should join the wrestling team and lift weights.
Practical reasons, and I love the people and feel at home here.