||FAREWELL Andy Cross, International Mr. Leather 2013
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Someone recently asked me what my favorite memory was about this past year and how my life has changed since becoming International Mr. Leather. My answer wasn't about a recent trip or favorite leather weekend or even one of the great personal connections I've made these past twelve months. It was this same event exactly one year ago.
The International Mr. Leather contest changed my life in almost every way. It expanded my sense of family and community and self. It's given me confidence as well as humility. It's given me the opportunity to see places and do things that otherwise would remain unknown to me. Best of all, because of this title, I have met some of the greatest people on the planet.
The people I have met because of this incredible experience are constant inspirations to me. It is rare that a day goes by that I don't have some sort of contact with my Class of 2013 brothers. They are by far the very best support system. They continually impress me with their passion and dedication and by the sheer amount of love they show for each other and their communities.
The best thing is that, aside from the title, International Mr. Leather gave me these gifts that kept revealing themselves throughout the year. People who might have been quick acquaintances are now friends, and people we were friends are now family. It was a constant reminder that this isn't a one-man venture. We are in this together. And, like most things I suppose, it just keeps getting better.
Thank you very much for allowing me to hold this prestigious title and experiencing all that came with it.
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