Mr. GNI Leather Contest


The Mr. GNI Leather Contest

In the mid-90’s, GNI began holding the Mr. GNI Leather contest as an outreach to affirm men who have an interest in leather/ kink/fetish lifestyles. The contest grew and became very popular commanding up to 15 participants per contest. Over time these men went on to represent GNI and win other titles such as IML 2017 with Ralph Bruneau.

The Goal

The objective of Mr. GNI Leather is to cultivate champions who will represent GNI and the Leather Community. This is done within the tradition exemplified in Leather contests Internationally and IML specifically. The winner of the Mr. GNI Leather contest will compete in the International Mr. Leather (IML) contest in Chicago.  If the winner is unable to represent GNI at IML, the first runner-up will assume the title and compete for International Mr. Leather as Mr. GNI Leather.
Mr. GNI Leather has created recent champions: Ralph Bruneau – Mr. GNI Leather 2016, and IML 2017; Brian Ballone,  Mr. GNI Leather 2017 and IML 2018 Contestant; Jonathan Kharfen, Mr. GNI Leather 2018 and IML 2019 Contestant who will join others in the Mr. GNI Leather contests as judges and mentors.

The Process

The contest spans several days. There is an application, an interview, an impromptu question, a 90-second speech, a jockstrap physique segment (oops, no need for a jockstrap to show skin at GNI), a Meet-the-Meat Party, and a unique segment of the Mr. GNI Leather contest is a BDSM skills component with a BDSM challenge. Ballots are given to each member attending The Gathering to vote for their favorite contestant.
The judges determine the allocation of points for each element of the contest. The criteria for the contest consists of an interview, along with the judge’s witness of the contestant’s engagement in GNI activities counting for up to 40 points of the score. Impromptu question 15 points, leather image and the 90 speech count for 30 points, the BDSM challenge gives the winner of the challenge 15 points, second place 10 points and the other contestants 5 points for participation. The person who gets the most number of camp ballots gets 15 points, the second most 10 points, and the third most 5 points. The max score is 115 (40 interview + 30 leather image and speech + 15 impromptu question + 15 for the challenge + 15 for the camp ballots).

The Judges



The Winners

Jonathan Kharfen,  Mr. GNI Leather 2018


Ralph Bruneau, Mr. GNI Leather 2016, Wins Title of IML 2017!

IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau

Gay Naturists International (GNI) is thrilled to announce that Mr. GNI Leather 2016 – Ralph Bruneau of Los Angeles, California – won the title of International Mr. Leather 2017 in Chicago, Illinois on May 28, 2017. Let us celebrate this

Brian Ballone, Current Mr. GNI Leather 2017, IML 2018 Contestant


Mr. GNI Leather Contest Title Holders



Michael Lazor
Clearwater FL
Muscle Butt Pig
Alan Newland
Euless TX
Ricky Jay Yates
New York NY
Mark Bivings
Wilton Manors FL
Michael Miller
Washington DC
Scott M.
Sarasota FL
Paul LaDuca
Buffalo NY
David Zecca
Atlanta GA
Ron Todd
Fort Lauderdale FL
Dan Marrs
Fort Lauderdale FL
Greg Tepper
Philadelphia PA
Kim Hassall
Palmerston North New Zealand
Gary O.
Chestnut Ridge NY
John Skopos
Tarpon Springs FL
Dave Barnett
Washington DC

Ralph Bruneau (IML 2017)
Los Angeles CA
Brian J Ballone
 Saddle Brook NJ
Jonathan Kharfen
 Brighton MA

Are You the Next Mr. GNI Leather?