In Chicago, IL, the National Leather Association Conference created a task force for Deaf leather people. Michael Felts chaired a small group named "NLA: Deaf Chapter". The co-founders who established the yet-to-be International Deaf Leather were: Michael Felts, Philip Rubin, Bob Donaldson, Rolf Hagton, Jim Dunne, Bobby Andrascik and Charles Wilkinson.
NLA: Deaf Chapter renamed to International Deaf Leather (IDL). The International Mr. Deaf Leather Contest made its debut in Dallas, TX. Philip Rubin became the first in history to win the IDL title.
IDL held its second contest in Baltimore, MD.
Los Angeles, CA was the site of the third IDL competition. At age 22, Chris Meuller of Berlin, Germany became the youngest ever to win the IDL title.
The fourth IDL contest took place in New York City, NY.
Montreal, Canada hosted the fifth IDL contest.
For the sixth competition in Chicago, IL, IDL inaugurated the first International Ms. Deaf Leather (IMsDL) contest - won by Cool Cat.
The seventh IDL contest was held in Kansas City, KS.
Danny Carbonell and Susan Gonazlez were IMDL and IMsDL winners, respectively, during the eighth IDL competition, which was held in Denver, CO.
IDL held its ninth contest in New Orleans, Louisiana.
San Francisco, CA was the site of the 10th IDL contest.
Seattle, WA was the host of the 11th IDL contest.
IDL came to Washington, DC for its 12th annual event.
IDL visited Orlando, FL for it next event.
IDL booted up in Dallas, TX for it's 14th annual event.
We, the Bear and Leather People... visited Washington, DC again.
San Diego, CA was getting ready for IDL.
IDL hosted 17th IDL Contest Event in Atlanta, GA.
City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection took place in Philadelphia where IDL 2008 Event was held.
Chicago Firefighters were not happy with IDL for starting the 2nd Great Fire!
IDL invaded Las Vegas as same time as DeafNation Expo!!
IDL celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a theme "IDL Family Continues To Grow..." held in Denver. IDL respectfully honored a long history of the titleholders.
Charm City showed its charm with the theme "Leather < More...We Show You Our Charm" when IDL came to host its 21st Anniversary in Baltimore.
IDL returned to Montreal for the first time since 1995 by hosting a theme called "Deaf Leather Village". For the first time, there was no contest held, but there were some excellent shows on the stage.