Congratulations to Mr. San Diego Leather 2006 from GSGRA-GSDC

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Congratulations to Mr. San Diego Leather 2006 from GSGRA-GSDC. Mr. San Diego Leather 2006 announced.

The Golden State Gay Rodeo Association – Greater San Diego Chapter (GSGRA-GSDC) would like to congratulate Buster, Mr. San Diego Leather 2006. Buster won his new title this past Saturday night, 18 March 2006, at the 22nd Annual Mr. San Diego Leather Contest held at Rich’s, 1051 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.

GSGRA-GSDC would also like to congratulate Ray, Mr. San Diego Eagle 2005 and Viking who also competed for the title for a job well done. It was a very tough contest and all three contestants were outstanding, each representing themselves and the leather community with pride. Congratulations to Dutch, Mr. San Diego Leather 2005, for an excellent year and best of luck as he prepares for the 2006 International Mr. Leather contest in May.

"This was my first time attending a ‘Leather’ event. I was blown away by the camaraderie of the leather community and the cohesiveness and support between the different clubs. Other sects of the GLBT community can learn a lot from the Leather community,” stated Mike DiNucci, Treasurer, GSGRA-GSDC. “If you missed Leather Pride and the Mr. San Diego Leather Contest, you missed out,” mentioned Joseph Sims, Marketing Director, GSGRA-GSDC. “Tom and his team did an outstanding job of producing and hosting the event!”

Money raised during Leather Pride Week will benefit Being Alive San Diego and The Tom of Finland Foundation. Being Alive San Diego is a non-profit organization that works to enrich and enhance the personal dignity and quality of life of people living with AIDS and HIV through mutual support, access to information, public advocacy and social interaction.

The Tom of Finland Foundation was established in 1984, to preserve the vast catalogue of work by Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland. Later, the scope of the non-profit widened to offer safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art, which portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response. Today, the Foundation continues its efforts of educating the public regarding the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes towards sexuality.

"I had the distinguished honor to represent the GLBT Community as a judge for this year's contest…and I was truly amazed at the level of competition, the contestants, the organizers and the panel of judges. I had a great time, met a lot of wonderful men and women and learned a great deal about the Leather Community," said Steve Wollert, Mr. IGRA 2006. "We are fortunate to have these individuals in our family…they do a lot of good work and raise a tremendous amount of money for the various charities. The San Diego Leather Pride Committee did an outstanding job producing a quality event that I am happy I had the opportunity to be a part of…"

For more information on the 2006 Coors Light San Diego Rodeo, please contact the Rodeo Hotline number at +1 619 298 4708 or visit http://www.sandiegorodeo.com.

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