Drawing on his own experiences of sexual abuse, Steven is using his time as Mr Leather UK to help prevent the same happening to other minors and vulnerable young men. His work to support his chosen charity Survivors, is helping to give them the confidence to speak out against this kind of abuse. See his fundraising page here or click the button to the left to donate now.
It is my desire to become an ambassador to promote and support the tireless work of others who have preceded me, in order to provide a safe, inclusive and enjoyable environment for Leathermen to wear their leather with pride and without fear or prejudice.
There are a great many things I want achieve as Mr Leather UK. As a teenager I experienced sexual abuse and I would like to be open and honest about my experiences to encourage more men to seek help and support. I believe by talking about these issues more, members of our community will feel they are able to talk more openly. I’m hoping that this will go some way to preventing further cases of sexual abuse and mental health issues that go unreported so often within our society. I would like the title of Mr Leather UK to help to further promote my charity work for SurvivorsUK (a charity that supports men who have been raped, sexually abused and assaulted). I am so proud of the people that have generously contributed and supported my efforts so far. To date, we’ve raised over £2500 in just over four months.
Also, as a gay man, and now one who has the responsibilities of being a titleholder, I feel it is my duty to educate and raise awareness of safer sexual practices. This is especially important for younger guys and those who are discovering their sexuality. It’s an exciting time of discovery and experimentation but also a time when we need to help people make informed choices. I would like to be involved with initiatives to promote the safe use of PrEP, whilst reminding people that other ‘more traditional’ methods still work and shouldn’t be disregarded.
I would also like to use my title year to encourage a greater presence of Leathermen throughout LGBTQI and the wider community. I feel that greater representation will encourage our further acceptance within society. I am hoping that with the title I can try and help those less fortunate to create change and move towards achieving the sexual equality that we are blessed with here in the UK.
For example, I often hear how newcomers to the scene find it daunting. I know I did I in my early days, but I soon realised that my fears were all in my head. Over the years, I have met the most friendly and welcoming people that I feel proud to call my leather brothers. I would like to share this with anyone who has a passion for leather and has not yet found the confidence to approach the scene. I hope I can help to make the leather scene even more welcoming to newcomers and be available to answer questions or put people at their ease.
We need to remember that it’s not just guys new to the scene that sometimes need our support. There are those who are no longer visible within our community – perhaps due to age or illness. One thing that I have done for many years is volunteered to support and care for elderly gay men in my local area. I would like to encourage others to do the same. This experience not only brought joy to their lives but enriched mine beyond all expectations.
I also think greater representation of the leather community both within the LGBTQI family and across society will encourage our further acceptance. With acceptance, comes equality. In the UK, we are so incredibly lucky to have the freedom to express our sexuality quite freely, whereas other members of our community, in other parts of the world, do not.
Mr Leather UK’s Diary
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Mr Leather UK’s Pledge
During my time in office, I will work to:
Continue to raise awareness of the charity Survivors in order to encourage male victims of sexual abuse and rape to report these crimes and seek help and guidance.
Raise more funds in order to support my chosen charity Survivors
Provide advice and support to new members of the leather and fetish community.
Attend both UK and international events to promote and strengthen the leather and fetish community.
Work to promote and support the local leather and fetish community in my new home town of Brighton.
Mr Leather UK’s Achievements
Attended and helped judge Mr Rubber UK 2018 contest
Attended, marched and supported Birmingham Pride 2018
Attended and supported Vienna Fetish Spring event
Attended and supported Dublin Pride
Attended, marched and supported London Pride
Attended and supported Mr Leather Wales Weekend
Attended, supported and judged Mr Puppy UK 2019
Attended and supported Manchester Leather Weekend
Promoted UK Leather Scene at Maspalomas Fetish Week
Attended and supported London Leathermen Weekend
Supported, attended and judged Mr Leather Spain 2019