Southwest Person of Leather Mission Statement

The Southwest Person of Leather Contest is an official feeder to The International Person of Leather Contest.

The Southwest 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.

The 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 Southwest Person of Leather will be selected not based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on their ability to articulate their views, passions, and dedications and to make an impact in their communities. We will expect these People of Leather to act as mentors, educators, role models and spokespeople throughout their title year.

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

Person of Leather: One title, one community.

Contest Rules Contestant Eligibility Requirements

The Southwest Person of Leather Contest is open to any person who identifies as Leather and is at least 18 years old, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Southwest Regional Boundaries:  To participate in the Southwest Person of Leather Contest, contestants must first live in the contest region. Southern California (South of Fresno), Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Guam. A regional producer may appoint a contestant if no regional representative has been selected in a regional contest.

Consent and Identification: Contestants will be required to provide photocopies of a government issued photo identification of themselves with their application form.

Agreement to Compete In All Categories: By submitting an application form, each contestant agrees to participate in all of the categories of the Southwest Person of Leather Contest, including Interview, Leather Lifestyle, Speech, Pop Questions, and Fantasy. They also agree to participate in Southwest Person of Leather Weekend fundraising activities.

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee for the contest, but contestants also attending Behind Closed Doors must register for that event. Each contestant is permitted two performers to participate in their fantasy. These performers will be admitted to the contest, but are responsible for their Behind Closed Doors weekend package if they chose to attend that event.

Hold Blameless: Each contestant and each performer participating in a fantasy agrees to hold blameless Southwest Person of Leather and/or Behind Closed Doors, their producers, staff, volunteer personnel and/or sponsors for injuries, economic loss, or any liability; and to pay all court costs in any litigation that may arise from any legal action taken by the contestant rehearsal against the aforementioned.

Model Releases: Contestants and performers participating in a fantasy must also sign a standard model release and a liability waiver prior to.

Winner’s Undertakings: Each contestant agrees to represent the Southwest Person of Leather title during the full year of their title if they should win the contest. The International Person of Leather is not obligated to travel, speak, participate, or do any fundraising 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 contestant who wins the title of Southwest Person of Leather agrees to attend the following year’s Southwest Person of Leather Contest and to participate in that contest in any capacity that the Production Team may determine. Admission to the following year’s contest and Behind Closed Doors and a two-night stay at the host hotel will be provided to the titleholder by the Production Team.
Runner-up Responsibilities: The first runner-up agrees to assume the title, privileges and responsibilities of the winner if the winner resigns or has their title removed. The second runner-up agrees to do the same whenever the winner and first runner-up no longer hold the title during the official title year.

Title Year Defined: The title year is defined as beginning when a contestant is named the winner of the Southwest Person of Leather Contest until the following year’s new winner is announced. The same applies to International Person of Leather.
The Southwest Person of Leather Contest: The main object of the different stages of the contest is for the judges to try to determine which of the contestants will best represent the title in the coming year. The contest includes five different categories: Leather Lifestyle, Interview, Speech, Pop Questions, and Fantasy.

Leather Lifestyle: The Leather Lifestyle category of the contest gives contestants the opportunity to demonstrate their 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 International Person of Leather 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. We believe that one-on-one interaction between the titleholder and the community is an important part of a titleholder’s reign.
Interview: The judges will interview contestants to try to obtain a deeper understanding of their history and character. The interview will consist of a question-and-answer period with a panel of judges. Each interview will last approximately 15 minutes on the Saturday morning of the staged contest. The Production Team will determine in advance if the interviews will be open to the general public. If they are open, contestants may not see their opponents’ interviews.

Speech: 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 Questions: The Southwest 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 them by the emcee(s). The questions will be created in advance by the Production Team and will be drawn by lot by 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.

Fantasy: The fantasy will be a staged erotic production of 3-5 minutes by each contestant. This fantasy does not have to be an SM fantasy, but must be descriptive of and/or based on at least one fetish. Fantasies must be done in accordance with Federal, Nevada and Clark County laws, within the limits of the contest venue, and any insurance policy guidelines.

The content of each fantasy must be cleared with the contest production manager before rehearsal begins. No surprises please!
Each contestant may have up to two additional persons performing in the fantasy. Each contestant is responsible for their own props. International Person of Leather will supply basic props including a St. Andrew’s cross, bondage table, spanking horse, two chairs and a table. This is done in an effort to save contestants and sponsors the time, effort and cost of transporting these items to Tucson. Each participant will have 1 minute to set the stage for their fantasy and 1 minute to clear the stage after the fantasy. No wax, oils, or sprays leaving residue, slipperiness, or discoloration on the stage may be used. If any liquids are used, a tarp covering the whole area beneath the fantasy must be used to protect the stage from damage and to make the change for the next fantasy expedient. Contestants must supply their own background music and sound in CD or iPod format.

Judging: The Production Team will appoint a judging panel made up by a Head Judge and six additional judges. The Production Team may remove or replace any judge without explanation.

The Winners: The Southwest Person of Leather will be announced on stage at the end of the Contest.

Scoring: The judges will use the Olympic method of scoring (where the highest and lowest score in each category is not counted). Judges’ score cards will be collected and tallied at the end of each segment of the contest. In the event of a tie, the interview scores will be used to determine the winner. If a tie still remains first the leather lifestyle scores will be used and then, if necessary, the speech scores will be used.

The point values per judge for each of the five categories are as follows:
Interview = 200 points possible
Leather Lifestyle = 100 points possible
Speech = 75 points possible
Pop Questions = 50 points possible
Fantasy = 75 points possible;
This will result in a maximum possible score of 2,500 points. If only one contestant is running, their total score must be no less than 70% or 1,750 points.

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