- IML Judges
IML Judge 2023 - GAEL LEUNG CHONG WO
GAEL LEUNG CHONG WO
-International Mr. Leather 2022
Gael Leung Chong Wo (he/him) is current International Mr. Leather, and former Mister Leather Belgium 2020. As Belgian with Asian / Mauritian roots living in Merelbeke (Belgium), he often refers to a panda, for being White, Black, Asian and clumsy at the same time. The project #wearefetish, that he created back in 2020 to promote diversity within the fetish community, was recently turned into a non-profit organization. WeAreFetish will focus and work on events and raise money to support projects that stand for inclusion. Together with his husband he loves to travel and experience the differences in culture. His journey to Chicago was his first major event outside Europe and he can’t wait to be back in the States to discover more. Besides his love for leather, Gael has a special fetish for hairdryers.
IML Judge 2023 - WIL WEVER
AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
Wil Wever lives in Austin, Texas and is an erotic masseur, Leatherman, and promoter of STI and HIV testing and prevention.
Wil sometimes seems to enjoy playing with fire by voicing topics people feel uncomfortable talking about and feels most at home in kink spaces where everyone is welcome, comfortable and included.
With lack of LGBTQ neighborhoods and centers in Austin, Wil collaborated with Sir Rat Leather to promote fetish-positive social events such as Pet nights, Kink Bingo, Fetish Social, Disco Decadence, and the Austin Kink Weekend with classes, title competitions, dancing and play party focused on diversity and inclusivity, benefitting the ASHwell Sexual Health Clinic.
IML Judge 2023 - DIONNE ‘CHOC-TREI’ HENDERSON
DIONNE ‘CHOC-TREI’ HENDERSON
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
Dionne ‘Choc-Trei’ Henderson is Ms. SELF 2018 & 2019 and a Director for the LA&M.
They are Xatriarch of TREI Leather Family: Thirteen BIPOC Dominants, Versatiles, Submissives & Slaves. S/he is a Queer, Poly, Gender-fluid, Bisexual, Switch with collared property of ten (10) & five (5) years.
Dionne recently founded PARAGON Cooperative & Leather/Levi Club, a LGBTQ+ BIPOC led organization. The dual mission: #Live-Work is restoring 30,000 sq ft of historic abandoned school on 10 acres of land for sustainable farming & living. #Play-Slay is demos & dancing at the Atlanta Eagle.
Other roles: Producer, Keynote, Presenter & Advocate.
IML Judge 2023 - AUSTIN “WHISPER” JAMES
AUSTIN “WHISPER” JAMES
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES
AUSTIN “WHISPER” JAMES was Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop 2018 as well as Imperial Crown Princess 2019 (in their drag persona SADYST PAYNE.) In 2016, WHISPER became the youngest member of The 15 Association.
WHISPER, who is non-binary, is heavily involved in the leather community, creating safe spaces for queer people. They produce both kinky play parties and transgressive drag shows. They have helped manage the public playspace in San Francisco, Transform1060, for over six years.
WHISPER is in a power-based leather family which celebrates traditional leather while allowing for new.
IML Judge 2023 - MIGUEL TORRES
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES
Miguel Torres is Mr. Chicago Leather 2014, born and raised in Venezuela, Miguel has called Chicago home since 2000. Passionate around technology, food, community activism, kink and Improv. He currently sits on the board of directors for the LA&M, IML Contestant Handler for the last 6 IMLs, co-emcee of the Mr. International Rubber contest, and auditioned his way into the conservatory program at Second City. Proud Sir to his husdog Rowdy. You can usually find him in his attic with good friends, a wig on, with way too much Grubhub, dancing and trying to make people laugh.
IML Judge 2023 - HENK VAN TILBURG
HENK VAN TILBURG
Henk “FFTop66” Van Tilburg – Secretary of SLFC.
A leather, fetish & fist guy, activist in the community since 1980 and a guy who has the definition of brotherhood in his heart. Born in Canada with Dutch roots he came out in the leather Dutch scene and moved to Chicago in 1982. After coming back to Europe, he opened a leather bar and first leather hotel in Belgium. Years later moving to Spain he is one of the founders of the SLFC, Spain’s biggest leather & fetish association since 2017.
IML Judge 2023 - ROBERT “DaddySIR” MILLER
ROBERT “DaddySIR” MILLER
Current International LeatherSIR 2019, previously holding the title Central Canada LeatherSIR 2017, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2013 and placed 3rd at IML 35.
He’s taught “Fetish Wrestling – Bondage With Your Body” and is a body positive International Go-Go dancer.
Kinks include wrestling, impact play, interrogation, CNC play, and psychological domination.
Recently losing his husband Bob of 29 years, he’s working with the Ontario Legal Fraternity to better prepare the LGBTQIA+ community for estate and future planning, making sure our rights, wishes and dignity are respected. He is a proud father of two biological adult children.
IML Judge 2023 - BEE BEEHOP
Bee is Ms Sydney Leather 2015/16 and a founding member of Fetish Australia. A fierce advocate of inclusive spaces, Bee is known across Europe at Darklands and Australia for her volunteering, contestant mentoring, judging competitions, MC duties and hosting events. Bee attended the IMsL class of 2016. With her 22 years in the community, leather has always been front and centre. Bee attended university in New Zealand and graduated with an Honours Degree in management and economics. Outside of leather and community, Bee enjoys training for strongman and is a beekeeper.
IML Judge 2023 - JOHN-JOHN
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
John-John Punki is Mr RockBear NYC 2015 and Mr. Eagle NYC 2017. He is a Puerto Rican & Sicilian native New Yorker living in Brooklyn.
As a former President of ONYX NY/Northeast, a Go-Go bear, promoter and host, John-John focused all events on uplifting communities of color, those on the thicker side, and those who just want to have fun.
He's raised thousands of funds for LGBTQIA+ youth, TGNC New Yorkers, and immigrant communities. Currently working in Congress, John-John works on addressing the inequities impacting vulnerable communities. He lives by the motto “Nothing for us, Without us!”
Tallymaster 2023 - OMAR HEKAL
WOODRIDGE, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES
Omar Hekal is the founder of Allegro Arts Academy a performing arts studio in Carlstadt, New Jersey. His mission is to promote artistic expression and pass on his passion for the arts so his students may develop a well-rounded and cultured spirit to succeed in every aspect of their lives.
Omar is a member of the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce, as well as, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which affirms and celebrates diverse and intersectional LGBTQ+ identities.
Omar was part of the 2019 IML contestants handler team and honored to be part of IML 45.
Tallymaster 2023 - DADDYBEAR ZACH
CINCINNATI, OHIO, UNITED STATES