Jack Thompson Is the First Trans POC to Win International Mr. Leather

“Jack Thompson, the reigning Leatherman of Color 2019, beat out 67 other titleholders to win International Mr Leather 2019 on Sunday. The occasion, hosted in Chicago as it has been each year over the 41-year history of the competition, marked the first time a trans man of color had won the title. He was accompanied on the platform by Mr. Leather Ireland 2019 Fionn Scott who was the second runner up and Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 Jawn Marques who was the first runner up.

This year’s IML was the second to occur after the death of event founder Chuck Renslow. Held at the Congress Hotel, the weekend-long convention and competition hosted thousands of queer people for the well attended vendor mart, dance parties, Kink U classes, and more. But on Sunday, titleholders from all over the world competed for the top title, while four contestants competed for the affiliated International Mr. Bootblack. Kriszly de Hond, from Holland, who gave a speech about using the title to give space to bootblacks in Europe, where they are misunderstood, do not have adequate bootblacking stands (where they would shine the boots of leathermen), and are oftentimes disrespected, took home that sash…” – via Out