After almost a decade away, Tom of Finland Foundation returned to Chicago at the end of May for Mister International Leather, and what a fantastic event it was! Jon Krongaard did an amazing job at organizing the massive celebration of Gay Men’s Culture. Despite the LGBT Assimilation Cult, we are still here - Proud, Brave, and Strong!
Bob Graves worked tirelessly to build a brilliant Leather Market and we all want to thank him very much for the special accommodations he offered the Foundation this year. We also need to acknowledge the dedication and support of pan-national crew of hot and helpful Volunteers: Lance, Michael, Angel, Craig, Jack and David. Without their help, we would not have been able to enjoy the party going on all around us.
We also want to send out a B I G congratulations to Mr. IML 2013 Woody Woodfuff who has been given a limited edition, Tom of Finland, fine art print from the Foundation as our new champion of the right to freedom of expression. Like all of TOM’s Men, he is a standard by which we can all aspire.
We look forward to seeing everyone at International Mr. Leather 2013!