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The Leather Leadership Conference and Philadelphia Leather Pride announced this year's Keynote speaker as Jaco Lourens and Endnote speaker as Jo Arnone.
Keynote Speaker Jaco Lourens
Living through Apartheid as an openly gay man Jaco Lourens took Cape Town by storm. In 2009, he won the title of Mr. South Africa Leather and went on to take fourth place at International Mr. Leather in 2010. Jaco runs the Cape Town Chapter of South Africa Leather and along with his legal husband, Herman, has cofounded the Golden Gays Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that cares for aged gay men and women in their community.
Jaco strives to bring diversity to their Leather community and has hosting such events as the Corbin Street Fair, a pansexual street fair similar to Folsom Street Fair. He also moved the Mr South Africa Leather contest to a venue that allows women to attend. He plans on introducing a Ms South Africa leather title to their 2014 contest weekend.
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Jenniffer Allen, Ms Iowa Leather 2014 Des Moines, Iowa Sponsors: Blazing Saddles, Liberty Gifts
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This speech was delivered on January 26, 2014 as the Sunday brunch keynote address at the Southwest Leather Conference held in Phoenix, AZ.
Good afternoon. For those of you I have not yet encountered in person this weekend, let me offer my rather late welcome to this conference. I hope you've been having a great time. I certainly have.
I would like to thank all of the organizers and volunteers at this conference with a special thanks to Joseph for asking me to be here this year. And thanks to everyone in attendance, all of you, for taking the time out of your weekend to listen to what
Angela Albert who held the International Ms Olympus Leather 2007 title passed away on February 10, 2014.
Angela Lesley Albert lived in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was born in Scotland and moved to Canada at the age of 13 and was 54 years old when she died.
Condolences were passed around quickly following Angela's passing on social media. The cause of death was cancer. One friend noted that Angela had told him about her condition in November 201
Angela considered herself "an outspoken activist." She was involved with the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign that raises funds for the United Way.