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Economy to Blame for Lack of IDL Contestants

International Deaf Leather (IDL) held its 2012 event in Baltimore, Maryland, during the weekend of July 12-15.  The event included workshops, parties and, of course, IDL’s annual titleholder contest.  

Congratulations go to boy richard who won the International Leatherboy 2012 title.

There were no contestants again this year competing for the Ms. International Deaf Leather title. And for first time in IDL’s history, no one competed for the Mr. International Deaf Leather title.

“I think the main reason is the economy,” said IDL President Terry Morrell, when asked about the lack of contestants.

“There are a lot of people still out of work and being a titleholder requires some travel to represent IDL,” continued Morrell. ” Titleholders often do not have enough of a travel fund to carry them very far, so they’re expected to cover their own costs or fundraise for it. Also, we have a number of people in the community who feel they need to be more prepared before entering an International contest. There aren’t as many opportunities to run for local or regional Deaf titles as in the past. There is of course the option to run for a hearing contest and that’s a great idea. Language barriers often prevent that. If local or regional experience can’t be had, then the prospective candidates need to be as prepared as possible prior to entering. That of course takes time — time in the lifestyle, and time in the contest circuit to learn how contests are won. Bottom line, the economy is hitting us hard.”

Interested in becoming an IDL titleholder? The next contest is scheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada, in August 2013. For more information, visit the IDL website.

[Photo courtesy Terry Morrell]