Keynote Speaker - Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith is the International Mr. Leather 2015, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015 and Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015.
Active in politics, Patrick's focus as International Mr. Leather is on international and domestic LGBT political activism. He has traveled the world with his sash to countries spanning Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean to meet with prominent LGBT activists and to learn about how western society can make a difference. His writing on LGBT issues has been published by The Advocate, HIV Equal and Bear World Magazine. He also served as assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada.
Patrick first came to Los Angeles in 2011 from his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada, to pursue his MBA at the ULA Anderson School of Management. There he fell in love with the Los Angeles leather community and has been active ever since.
Patrick's community service work includes fundraising for the Point Foundation, Sexual Minorities Uganda, the Coalition Advocating for inclusion of Sexual Orientation and other organizations in support of the global LGBT community.
Patrick lives in the historically significant Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles home of the Black Cat demonstrations of 1967 with his husband and love of his life, Michael. He currently works as Director of Business Development for Marvel Studios.