Durk Dehner Receives Task Force Leather Leadership Award - The Leather Journal

Durk Dehner Receives Task Force Leather Leadership Award



Photo by Denis Largeron Photographie

The National LGBTQ Task Force presented its 10th Leather Leadership Award to Durk Dehner at the opening plenary of the organization's 30th Annual Creating Change Conference in Washington, DC on January 25. Durk co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 and was also first runner-up of the first IML competition in 1979. The award was presented by IML 1996 Joe Gallagher and Annina Aalto, Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Finland. In accepting the award, Durk told the audience of over 2,000, mainly young people, "Be willing to try on different clothes of life. We are explorers and always remember that!" Many of Tom of Finland's drawings were projected on the ballroom's large screens, including the famous 2014 Finnish stamp in his honor..

To see the live presentation of the Leather Leadership Award to Durk Dehner Click Here

The award presentation starts at 51:19

Titleholders and representatives of local Leather groups served as an honor guard, including American Leatherwoman 2017 Jacquie Thompson, American Leatherman 2017 Rod McCoy, American Leathergirl 2017 Dawn Marie, International Mr. Drummer 1993 Graylin Thornton, Ms. Baltimore Eagle 1992 Glenda Rider, Centaur Motorcycle Club Past President Christopher Brush, Mid-Atlantic Uniform League Chief Doug Brown, ONYX Mid-Atlantic President Epic, Mr. DC Eagle Daniel Ferguson, Dr. Robert Bienvenu, representing CARAS, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities, and Boy Chris-DC Boys of Leather.

Past award recipients include Pat Baillie, Race Bannon, Tony DeBlase, Hardy Haberman, Vi Johnson, Chuck Renslow, Dave Rhodes, and Graylin Thorton. The Task Force is the only national LGBT organization to so honor the Leather community.

The Creating Change Conference was held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year, Creating Change is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the theme: Learn. Connect. Resist. https://www.creatingchange.org/

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