And your new leather leaders are …

Summer Banks and Jim Benton

Summer Banks and Jim Benton

On Saturday at the Dallas Eagle, Mr. and Ms. Texas Leather contests were held, and your 2014 Ms. Texas Leather is Dallas’ Summer Banks, and 2014 Mr. Texas Leather is Houston’s Jim Benton. Banks scored the first time out in running for a title, and Benton is the 2013-14 Mr. Prime Choice. Both will compete in the spring for the respective national titles. Banks will head to San Francisco in April for the International Ms. Leather contest, and Benton to Chicago over Memorial Day for International Mr. Leather. Congrats to both!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

A prime, choice cut from Dallas' gay history

A couple of weeks ago, I paid a visit to my neighbor Mikael Andrews when I noticed something pretty sweet in his apartment. He had the above poster for the 1989 Mr. Prime Choice contest held at the Ripcord sitting upright on his floor waiting to be hung. The Ripcord was the old leather/Levi club in town before the Dallas Eagle. He told me during a major clean-out at Resource Center Dallas, where he works with the Community Health Program, this was among the items destined for disposal. On top of the Ripcord being a club Andrews enjoyed, he thought it signified a piece of Dallas’ LGBT history, so he asked if he could have and they said yes.

He told me he couldn’t let a piece like this just slip away. And I thought, more people have to see this. So I snapped a few pics of the poster to share. Just click on ‘em to enlarge.

UPDATE: Andrews gave me a call wanting to clarify that the poster actually wasn’t going to be thrown away. As it turned out, RCD peeps wasn’t quite sure where it came from, if it had been donated or why they had it in the first place. Andrews offered to take it for safe-keeping. Andrews and RCD’s Rafael McDonnell didn’t want anyone to think that historic items were being tossed in the trash. This one in particular, though, just had a big question mark over it, but it’s now in the safe hands of Andrews.

—  Rich Lopez