Making the Connection: Graylin Thornton

The Necessity of Titleholding from “contesting” to “producing”


Tuesday, February 28, 2012  7:30pm-9:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm
at Mr. S Leather, 385 8th St. SF, Ca.

Class Description:

This session will examine the expectations and responsibilities of leather community participants who wish to familiarize themselves with the art of holding a leather title and/or producing a leather contest. We will review the leather contest and titleholder from a historical perspective and analyze strategies which may support future and current community leaders in reaching their goals effectively. All community members are encouraged to attend whether interested in holding a title or not. After all, the titleholder represents the leather/kink/fetish and their success is our own.


Graylin K. Thornton, International Mr. Drummer 1993, currently resides in San Francisco where he is co-owner of the GayVn award-winning Grey Rose Video Productions. A Film/TV graduate of San Jose Sate University, he is one of the original members of the South Bay Leather and Uniform Group (SLUG) and produced their first leather weekend in 1988. In 1991, Graylin produced the first Ebony Leather Contest which introduced the leather lifestyle to more people of color and has judged and/or MC’d most major contests including IML, IMsL, ABW, IDL, MLT etc. A Pantheon of Leather Award recipient, Graylin is the former chair of San Diego Leather Pride/Mr. San Diego Leather and also produced Northern California Mr. Drummer and Southern California Leather Sir/boy. A former board member of New Leaf Services for the Community, Graylin Thornton is an Emeritus National Board Member for the Leather Leadership Conference and is the 2009 recipient of the NGLTF Leather Leadership Award. The past two years, Graylin has been honored with the MC duties of the 2010 and 2011 International Leather Sir/boy and Community Boot Black. In 2011, Graylin was chosen to represent as an Official Community Grand Marshall in the San Francisco Pride Parade. The greatest thrill, however, is to once again be an active participant of the Bay Area KINK community.

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