Jack Thompson becomes first trans POC to win International Mr. Leather

Tue. May 28, 2019 11:26 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

jack thompson named international mr. leather 2019

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Thompson: '... I'm a proud biracial, openly transgender, HIV positive man and I am enough.'

Chicago, IL - Jack Thompson, the reigning Leatherman of Color 2019, was named International Mr. Leather 2019 on Sunday, May 26. 

A record-number of leather enthusiasts packed the Auditorium Theatre for the annual competition where Thompson became the 41st person to claim the coveted leather title.

Thompson is the first trans person of color and the second trans person ever to win.

"There's people in this room right now that don't believe I'm man enough to be on this stage," Thompson said during the speech portion of the competition. "If you're enough for you, then you are enough. Period."

"I'm Jack Thompson and I'm a proud biracial, openly transgender, HIV positive man and I am enough," he continued to a standing ovation.

During the physique portion of the competition, Thompson wore a Transgender Flag jockstrap.

Hailing from Baltimore, Thompson bested a field of 68 contestants that included a record number of eighteen International contestants representing Belgium, Germany, Australia, Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Venezuela, China, European Union and Israel.

Tyler McCormick was the first trans man to win International Mr. Leather in 2010.

Jawn Marques, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019, was named first runner-up, and second runner-up was Fionn Scott, Mr. Leather Ireland 2019. Kriszly de Hond was named International Mr. Bootblack.

This year's IML was the second to occur after the death of founder Chuck Renslow, who died June 29, 2017 at age 87.

Related: Leather Pride Flag first introduced at IML 30 years ago

Photos: IML 2019 Leather Market


2nd Runner Up Fionn Scott

1st Runner Up Jawn Marques

IML 41 Jack Thompson


2nd Runner Up Sparky

1st Runner Up Geoff Millard

IMBB 41 Kriszly de Hond


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