Fetish/kink contest weekend for gay men to be held February 2015 in St Petersburg, Florida
(Oct 11, 2014) Chicago, IL — Master Mike Zuhl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Master Brandon Matheson of Toronto, Ontario, today announced the founding of the Drummer North America (DNA) organization and the launch of a new fetish/kink contest weekend for gay men to be held February 2015. The announcement was made at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, during American Brotherhood Weekend. Also launched is the Drummer North America website at www.DrummerNA.com.
The inaugural DNA weekend will be held February 12–16, 2015 at the Flamingo Resort in St Petersburg, Florida. The holiday Monday is President’s Day in the US and a provincial holiday in most of Canada.
Joining the established roster of men’s, women’s and pansexual contest weekends, DNA weekend will feature three fetish contests for gay men: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack. The contests will be open to gay-identified, biological and trans men in the fetish/kink communities, who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico.
“DNA weekend will rekindle the Drummer tradition of self-identified masculinity. The weekend is a celebration of gay masculinity, whether it is expressed in leather or sports gear or fetishes, at a joyful family reunion where history is honored and diversity respected,” says Master Mike Zuhl.
“It’s important that as DNA weekend moves forward, we build on our past instead of being stuck in it. Today, we have boys who are bootblacks, bootblacks who are puppies, gay men equally comfortable in rubber as they are in leather, and generations of gay kinksters who are equally comfortable exploring power dynamics at both ends of the spectrum, and fetishists that migrate across a wide range of gear and play,” says Master Brandon Matheson.
“In the spirit of our community’s history, the DNA titles will celebrate the range of fetish and kink identities of gay men. It will be fun and exciting to watch contestants as they celebrate rubber, leather, sports kit, military, and more — and to see who the judges pick as the first DNA titleholders,” says Matheson.
The DNA contests will follow a regional structure, however the inaugural Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack contest weekend in February will feature ‘open contests’ that will allow all qualifying contestants from across North America to directly enter the 2015 contest without a pre-qualifying regional title. Contestant registration will open November 1, 2014. Application forms will be available on the DNA website.
Online weekend package registration for DNA weekend 2015 is now open at www.DrummerNA.com. Weekend package holders will have exclusive use of the Flamingo gay resort guest rooms. Attendees must purchase their weekend package online prior to reserving a room; once registered, the website will generate a room reservation code to use to reserve Flamingo accommodations.
“The Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg Florida is literally handing over the keys to us for President’s Day weekend, so that we can recreate an all-inclusive event like we enjoyed during the Drummer days. We will command the entire hotel. The pool parties, beer busts, skills workshops — it’s all coming back,” says Zuhl.
The renowned gay resort is home to six themed bars, onsite grill restaurant, courtyard pool with Tiki bar, leather store and other retail shopping, and other welcoming amenities and services. An onsite dungeon space will be created for the contest weekend and open to weekend package holders. For more about the DNA weekend host hotel, visit flamingofla.com.
Zuhl and Matheson also announced that Rik Newton-Treadway, aka Hooker, of Baltimore, Maryland, will serve as the executive producer of DNA Weekend and contests. Newton-Treadway is a co-founder of International Community Bootblack and a founding board member of International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy, and has for 15 years served as executive producer of the highly successful “Twelve Days of Christmas” fundraiser. Under his guidance, Hooker & Boys has produced the Chesapeake Leather Awareness Pride Weekend: a benefit for The Carter Johnson Leather Library and Collection’s Sir Robert Davis Travel Fund, and the Mid-Atlantic LeatherSIR/Leatherboy, Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman and the Mid-Atlantic Community Bootblack contests.
Over the next several weeks, staggered announcements by the DNA owners will outline the full roster of executive coordinators and founding DNA regional producers, details of the DNA regional structure, and additional DNA weekend details.
DNA weekend 2015 will feature a range of social, educational and contest events; full details will be announced in the weeks ahead. Confirmed for the itinerary: a poolside Cigar & Brandy social on Thursday evening; an educational series on Friday and Saturday; the official Meet & Greet party on Friday night; contests on Saturday; and a DNA pool party and the Flamingo’s infamous poolside ‘Tea Party’ on Sunday.
Raising the benchmark on traditional lecture-style workshops, DNA will include a unique educational series that will focus on interactive instructional play sessions that are designed for both novices wanting to develop skills, but still adventurous for the experienced kinksters looking to add more practical kink play into their DNA weekend. The instructional workshops will be part of a new educational initiative that the DNA founders will announce in the weeks leading up to DNA weekend.
“We will provide interactive skill-building sessions, so that people who are interested in leather skills and fetishes can learn by doing, rather than watching. DNA weekend will bring us together, in the flesh, to interact, learn and enjoy,” says Zuhl.
Drummer North America is the first US-based fetish organization and contest weekend to have owners from two countries. Master Mike Zuhl is the former owner and producer of the Drummer International contests, founder of the International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack contests, and owner of Leather Central bar in Pittsburgh. Master Brandon Matheson is a former President of Mr Leatherman Toronto, a founder of the Church Street Fetish Fair, creator and co-producer of the popular Rough House dungeon parties in Toronto, a regional producer of Eastern/Central Canada regions with International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy since 2004, and recent board member of International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack.