Shane Roberts began his leather lifestyle through introduction as early as high school in the 1970s. He acknowledged his preference and acceptance of this lifestyle in 1979.
Through the years , Shane has been instrumental in many community events and has taught many through his knowledge and life experiences.
Shane has been a contributing member of L.I.F.E. Detroit almost since it’s inception and focuses on the community at large through this venue.
In 2003 Shane was awarded the honor of being selected Mr. Leather Michigan for 2003 and competed at IML in that same year which coincided with IMLs’ 25th anniversary – an experience and process that sanctified his life at that time and continues to do so. In that same year, Shane was responsible for co-coordinating and co- chairing the first ever Adult entertainment forum in Detroit with the assistance of Rudy Serra as counsel for legalities and Jeff Montgomery , executive director for the Triangle Foundation. His Co – Chair and coordination assistant was an owner of a now defunct Adult services agency. The forum was well received and attended by many from Detroit and metro areas, Grand Rapids, MI , Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto Canada.
Shane has been an avid participant in L.I.F.E. Detroit events over the years and was one of the incorporates of D.A.R.K. Weekend (Detroit Area Rough Kinkfest) that is sponsored by LIFE Detroit. Along his travels, he was the only Leatherman from the United States that was invited and participated in Montreal’s Divercite` Event in 2003.
He feels strongly about communication among the masses and education of diversity practices within all lifestyles. Shane was a nominee in 2005 for the Pantheon Of Leather awards not only as Man of the year but as an appointee in the nominations for LIFE Detroit and DARK Weekend. In addition, he was nominated for Pantheon Community Choice award .
Shane has been a member of GLLA ( Great Lakes Leather Alliance ) For almost as many years as it has been in existence and currently is active on the Security Team for their events.
In 2004, Shane and his friend Bryon Hayes formed Cobalt Productions which is a company that designs, produces and executes Leather events including contests.
In 2005 Shane and his boy Geno incorporated Leatherocity – a leather and uniform/fetish store that operates in the SE Michigan area and caters to whatever your need may be – at a low cost.
The most recent venture that Shane accomplished came as an invitation from GLLA Director Ms. Kendra to produce the Michigan Leather SIR/boy contest and introduce the Ms Leather Michigan Pride contest to the community. This was held in July of 2006 with Winners representing MI at GLLA 2006 in Indianapolis, IN
Currently living in the Detroit Metro area, Shane has a life partner of 12 years and boy Geno of 2 1/2 years.A very busy man – he always makes the time to assist where needed