Mr and Ms Sydney Leather 2012 will unite at the Oxford Hotel on Sunday, May 6 for Slave Auction, a tongue-in-cheek charity fundraiser for ACON.
The brainchild of Mr Sydney Leather and Naked Barber Richard ‘Dick’ Savvy, the event will come only a few weeks before he competes for the title of International Mr Leather (IML) in Chicago in late May.
“My Mr Sydney Leather title prize was quite generous, including flights to Chicago and back and six nights’ accommodation, whereas previous titleholders had to do their own fundraising events to get themselves over there,” Savvy told the Star Observer.
“I thought it’d be nice to hold a fundraiser of my own, but giving the money to ACON instead of taking it for myself.”
Co-hosting the event with Mistress Tokyo, Savvy will auction eligible fetish guys and girls to act as slaves for the day. The social Sunday afternoon will include DJs in the Main Bar, burlesque by Lillian Star and Anna Falactic and a few more fetish-themed surprises.
“One thing I wanted to do this year is extend the visibility of the leather community in the gay scene,” Savvy said.
“I think an event like this is a great start. It’s very tongue-in-cheek and it’s all open to the public — we’re not trying to scare anyone.”
The slaves — who Savvy said had been surprisingly easy to recruit — will tend to their masters’ every request (within reason) in the Underground Bar through the afternoon.
“They’ll be getting drinks, lighting cigarettes, giving massages — we do have one slave who’s a qualified masseuse. We’ll have one slave arranging sushi on their partly-naked body, with a private meal for two people.”
With only four weeks to put the event together, Savvy’s managed to amass an impressive prize pool for those who come and bid on a slave: City Gym membership passes, skincare packages, Fat Swan tickets, a holiday in Melbourne and more.
While the event will directly benefit fundraising recipients ACON and the Sydney Leather Pride Association, Savvy said he hoped it would also serve to impress the judging panel at the IML finals.
“Hopefully it will impress the judges at IML to see that I’ve put together a successful event in such a short period of time.
“It’ll be good to show them that the community in Sydney is supporting me too, because they don’t really know me over there. Seeing that I’ve got Sydney on my side will hopefully help me to win.”
INFO: Slave Auction, 3pm, Sunday May 6, Oxford Hotel. Entry by gold coin donation.