A transgender man of color wins International Mr. Leather

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International Mr. Leather Jack Thompson (left) and International Mr. Bootblack Kriszly De Hond. (Photo courtesy of International Mr. Leather)

International Mr. Leather Jack Thompson (left) and International Mr. Bootblack Kriszly De Hond. (Photo courtesy of International Mr. Leather)

CHICAGO — Jack Thompson, a transgender man of color, has won International Mr. Leather 2019 this past weekend.

International Mr. Leather is a leather contest held annual in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. Contestants come from around the world and fill the Loop with thousands of people in leather and rubber gear. 

Thompson is the first transgender man of color to win the title. The last trans titleholder, Tyler McCormick of New Mexico, won the title in 2010. The last person of color to win the title was James Lee of Louisville, Kentucky in 2018. 

According to our sister site Great Lakes Den, the first runner-up was Jawn Marques of San Francisco and the second runner-up was Fionn Scott of Ireland. 

Kriszly De Hond of the Netherlands won the other title given this weekend, International Mr. Bootblack. The first runner-up for that title was Geoff Millard of California and the second runner-up was Sparkie of Illinois. 

Edited to correct the spelling of Geoff Millard’s last name. We regret the error.

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