We are delighted to announce the next judge on our 2017 panel…

Patrick Smith!

Patrick Smith is International Mr. Leather 2015, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015, and Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015.

Patrick is best known for his focus on international activism, which has taken him to places regarded as hostile to the LGBT community, including Uganda, Egypt, Morocco, and Ukraine. His mission is to learn first-hand the experience of sexual minorities in these places, and to raise awareness and funds for their causes back home.

Patrick’s writing on LGBT issues can be found in numerous publications including The Advocate. He has spoken on LGBT rights issues to audiences ranging from church congregations in the US to global community events in Europe. Recently, Patrick was recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for his “dedicated efforts and untiring advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged LGBT domestic and global communities.”

In a professional capacity, Patrick cut his teeth in Canadian politics, having served as assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister. He is happily married to the love of his life, Michael.

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