Jack Thomson won, a huge leap forward for the fetish trans community (see separate interview). Winners of Mr Fetish titles were allowed in the contest for the first time, a trend that will only grow as fetish men expand their tribes.
The Leather Archive and Museum was inducted into the Cleveland Hall of Fame at CLAW.
Kriszly de Hond became the first overseas winner of International Mr Bootblack. He was Mr Bootblack Europe and hailed from Zaandam in the Netherlands. This year, the country won four of the top five international gay fetish titles.