2017 Keynote by Patrick Smith

SDLP2017 Keynote

San Diego Leather Pride is pleased to announce that our keynote address this year will be delivered by International Mr Leather 2015, Patrick Smith!  

After last year's keynote address by Mark Frazier, our community was the nexus of great debate about the meaning of Leather, about our roles as Leatherfolk, and about the preservation of Leather Culture and History.  Certainly, this debate goes on and we are humbled to receive such inspiration in Mr. Frazier's final keynote speech.  This year, we have chosen Patrick Smith as the keynote speaker during the March 19, 2017 Sunday Victory Brunch and Keynote Address at World Beat Cultural Center from 11a to 2p.  Patrick is an accomplished writer and speaker, whose experience on a global level informs and inspires his message.  He is incredibly intelligent and we look forward to hearing his contributions at the Victory Brunch!

International Mr Leather 2015 - Patrick Smith

SDLP2017 Judge Patrick Smith 200xPatrick 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.