“I am humbled, yet overwhelmed with the love and support I have experienced over the entire contest weekend. This is the beginning of a wonderful title year journey!! Bring it on…..”
Timothy: Mr. SouthEast LeatherFest 2015
Timothy got his first taste of Leather venturing into the DC Eagle in mid-1987. It wasn’t until the closing of the Charlotte Eagle that he became an active member of the community, and not just a bystander. When the Woodshed Lounge became the home bar for The Tradesmen, he met and almost immediately got involved with the best group of Leather men that you could ever know. It is through this membership and the exposure from the “inside”, that he was able to witness and experience the Structure, the Brotherhood and the Loyalty this community is based on.
In the five years, that he has been a full member, Timothy has served the Tradesmen, first as a Pledge, then as Secretary, followed by President and now as Vice President. His Club brothers honored him by appointing him as Mr. NC Leather 2013. He was honored as Tradesmen of the Year twice, for the years 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Earlier this year, he was gifted with and presented his first piece of Leather by boy Dave Hudson at the Tradesmen’s January bar night.
In addition to the Tradesmen, Timothy volunteers at several organizations that serve our community. He is the Sign Language interpreter for R.A.I.N., where he has interpreted the program at the Charlotte AIDS Walk for the last 8 years. He is a working member at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a Sign Language interpreter. He is also a volunteer at Great Things and My Sister’s House. He also enjoys raising funds with the Tradesmen for The House of Mercy.
Currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Timothy is a Bartender/Manager at The Woodshed Lounge. He is also a full time student pursuing a degree as a Registered Nurse. Timothy is proud and honored to serve the Leather communities of this region and represent the southeast wherever his travels may take him as the 2015-2016 Mr. SE LeatherFest.
Some of his accomplishments:
Mr. SELF 2016 traveled more than 32000 miles during his title year. During that time he marched in 3 Pride parades (Augusta, GA, Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC.) He attended Atlanta Leather Pride as well as several other Leather runs in High Point, NC (TLC), Columbia, SC (CLO), Charleston, SC where he was the keynote speaker (Low Country Leather).
He attended IML and ABW, both in Chicago, COMMAND and Mr. Maryland Leather in Baltimore, MD, MAL in Washington, DC, NC Leather Contest in Charlotte, NC. (ONYX-Mid Atlantic) and the Leather History Conference in Greensboro, NC.
More importantly, during his year, he participated in several fund-raisers. He raised more than 1500.00 for the Charlotte AIDS Walk, More than 1600.00 for the Belmont Walk for AIDS benefiting the House of Mercy and participated in several fundraisers which raised 1000.00 to benefit PULSE Atlanta.
Timothy even traveled to Orlando and spent a week volunteering where ever he could to provide support in the aftermath of that tragedy. He also spent an evening at the Atlanta Eagle, volun-teering his time by bartending for the Panthers, so they could mourn the passing of their leader, Sir Alan Penrod.
All over the place, Timothy attended a few BIG TIME fundraisers and GALA Celebrations. One to benefit Domestic Violence fea-tured First Lady Michelle Obama as the keynote speaker. Anoth-er, benefited SPHINX was hosted by Supreme Court Justice So-tomayor. He even got to attend a GALA hosted by LGBT Leader-ship Council featuring POTUS Barrack Obama!
Timothy also traveled to San Francisco, Palm Springs, Miami, FL, Asheville NC, Hickory NC, numerous trips to Atlanta, GA, Raleigh, NC, New York City, Sag Harbour, and Charleston, SC. Too many bars and clubs to mention…he did his best to be everywhere he could!!!
If only there was more time…