New Jersey Leather Weekend, its 20th year, will feature the 2020 Mr. & Ms. NJ Leather Contest

On October 18-20, DRAGONSLAIR Productions and the New Jersey Leather Family will host New Jersey Leather Weekend XX, which will feature the Mr. & Ms. New Jersey Leather Contest at Paradise Nightclub/Empress Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The contest doors will open at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19.  

Now in its 20th year, the weekend will include the annual Friday night Uniform/Gear Meet and Greet, Kink sessions by Jersey Kollege, Saturday Eye Openers, Recovery in the Lifestyle meetings, a pup mosh, a cigar social, and the 20th Annual Contest, where the 2020 Mr. & Ms. New Jersey Leather will be chosen.

The weekend will close on Sunday, October 20 with the Victory Brunch and Sinner Sunday event. The weekend will also feature a variety of venders and an amazing team of Bootblacks.

The hosting organization, DRAGONSLAIR Productions, is a community-driven production company that hosts contests, fundraising events, and more to enhance the community and leather lifestyle.

DRAGONSLAIR was founded by Sal Susino & Dion Daly, life partners for over 30 years. The pair has been instrumental in community organizing and fundraising since the mid 1980s, when they organized the first AIDS fundraiser at The Odyssey in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

The host hotel for the weekend, The Empress, is offering a special room rate for this event. Please contact them directly for more information. Hotel Tides also has a limited number of rooms available at a special rate. Contact them directly for more information. 

New Jersey Leather Weekend XX is proudly sponsored by Paradise Nightclub/the Empress, Wolfstryker Leather, Rawhides Custom Leather, Hotel Tides Restaurant & Spa, and FM Leather Design.

For more information or for Ms. or Mr. New Jersey Leather contestant applications, please visit the website at

Ms. New Jersey Leather 2019, JL Gaynor & Mr. New Jersey Leather 2019, Lynx ONYX

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Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.

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