© Alex Ray Eyes
I can’t remember if I had met Daniel Dumont prior to when we judged the International Mr. Leather contest together in 2005. We both seemed to recall that we had, but we could never pinpoint that with any specificity. Regardless, when we saw each other in 2005 at IML the friendship was quickly solidified. The thing that stood out for me immediately while spending that much time with Daniel in one stint was his kindness. He really liked people. He only wanted the best for others. He didn’t seem to ever let himself be dragged into the gutter of negative drama, at least not as far as I could tell. After the 2005 IML judging experience, we’d see each other occasionally at leather events and the hugs and chats were always lovely. I’d walk away from every encounter with him thinking “he’s a really nice man” and I held that opinion of him until the day I learned of his passing.