Meet Jack Thompson.
He was just named this year’s International Mr. Leather, making him the first trans person of color and the second trans person ever in the competition’s 41-year history to win the coveted title.
Thompson competed against 67 other titleholders last weekend in Chicago, where he gave an empowering speech during the competition.
“There’s people in this room right now that don’t believe I’m man enough to be on this stage,” he said. “If you’re enough for you, then you are enough. Period.”
“I’m Jack Thompson,’ he continued to say, ‘and I’m a proud biracial, openly transgender, HIV-positive man and I promise you I am more than enough!”