The Mr. and Ms. Phoenix Leather (MMPL) Contests were held on January 4, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Phoenix Airport. Two contestants competed for the Mr. title, and there were no entries for the Ms. title. Eric Thurnbeck was awarded the title of Mr. Phoenix Leather 2020 after competing in five categories: personal interview, silent auction display, speech and formal wear, sexy wear and onstage question, and overall weekend attitude and personality. Shawn Tornquist, Mr. Anvil 2020, was named First Runner Up.


The 2020 Contests were judged by a panel of nine judges including: Ms. Phoenix Leather 2019, Sam Heart; Mr. Phoenix Leather 2019, “Sbudz” Budzyn; International Ms. Leather 2019, Haley Alice; International Mr. Leather 2019, Jack Thompson; International Ms. Bootblack 2015, slave tabitha; International Ms. Leather 2015, “Sarge”; Southwest Leather boy 2005, Byron Marlow; President of the Arizona Power Exchange, Master Archer; and Secretary of the Phoenix boys of Leather, Peter.


The contest weekend included many other events bringing together members of the Arizona Leather Community for camaraderie and support. There was a cigar social, meet and greet, bar bus tour, leather happy hour, the contest, a parking lot party with vendors, a men’s after party, a pansexual play party, a victory brunch, and a victory party.


Previous titleholders in the MMPL family gave awards to two community members as unsung heroes; honoring those in the community who usually stick to the background and support the Leather community without recognition. Those awards were given to Jim O’Donnell and Eric Thurnbeck.


The contest was hosted by Scott Darby, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2018; and Miss Jai of Tucson. Bob Weber, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2009; and Steve Lokie, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2012 were the Tally-keepers.


Many other volunteers contributed to a smooth running weekend, including: Marcus Anthony; Rocko Cook; Mitch Mitchell, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2011; Justin DeRo, First Runner Up to Mr. Phoenix Leather 2017; “Pup Subu”; Michael May; Jim O’Donnell; Felix Thompson; Alan Keeler; Norm Hodgson; “TK”; “Gunny”; and Robert Schenberg, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2014.


Weekend Sponsors included:

Anvil Leather/Fetish Bar

Pat O’s Bunkhouse Saloon

Flex Spas Phoenix

My Favorite Tech

Nu Towne Saloon


The Rock Bar

 RnB Leather.


The weekend is Produced by

Kenneth Anthony and Stephen Bloom.



MMPL 2020

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