Meet the Judges!

Heather Raquel

Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017

Nick Hollup

Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017

Velvet Storm

Ms. New Jersey Leather 2017

Z Black Onyx

Philadelphia Fetish 2017

Amber Hikes

Executive Director, Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne has been an actor/performer around Philadelphia for many, many moons. He gave birth to MC Carlota Ttendant while raising money for his theatre company and ACTUP in the 1990s. Carlota then became a local Philadelphia celebrity hosting the ever-popular Gay BINGO, as well as fundraisers and events for many non-profit organizations across the Delaware Valley, including Mr. & Ms. Philadelphia Leather. Michael became a successful development professional making Dining Out For Life a “must do” event in Philadelphia and 60 cities across North America.

Michael is the winner of the 1998 Philadelphia Gay News, Lambda Award for Outstanding Cultural Contribution by an Individual, was honored as a Grand Marshall in the 2000 Gay Pride Parade, received the AIDS Fund’s 2013 Founder Award, and was humbled to be named Honorary Ms. Philadelphia Leather in 2008. Michael is proud to currently serve as the Board President of Philly AIDS Thrift, as well as Co-Chair the LGBT Mummer’s Liaison Committee. In his III Act Michael is excited to be an MSW candidate at Bryn Mawr College studying to be a therapist focused on moving the needle on loneliness in LGBT Elders.

Meet the Hosts!


Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2015 & International Ms. Leather 2016

Rudy Flesher

Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2016


(photos & bio blurbs all coming soon!)