Alphatribe had an elaborate chat with Wexx, Mister International Rubber 20.
So, who is wexx and what brought you to enter your international rubber competition?
My actual name is Preston, but “wexx” is my scene name, and my pronouns are he/him. I’m the first Asian international fetish titeholder, the first Mr. International Rubber (MIR) of color, and Mr. New England Rubber 2016. I’m a latex fetishist, kink educator, antiracist kink activist, event consultant, multilingual emcee, and fetish model. I’ve had the honor of working with some of the world’s best-known fetish photographers and being interviewed in mainstream, LGBTQ+, and kink media in many countries.
When I was at university, I was part of Harvard College Munch, the BDSM student organization at my alma mater, where I had the privilege to teach other students about leather, latex, spandex, neoprene, and other fetishes having to do with clothing and skintight gear. I was an active member when the student group was vilified by Bill O’Reilly and the Harvard College Republicans as a “university-funded sex club” on Fox News.
“wexx” is the moniker I gave myself when I first entered the kink and fetish community well over a decade ago. I couldn’t think of a good, catchy name to give myself on GearFetish.com, back when that site was the primary forum for gay kinksters and fetishists, so I went with a random string of letters and numbers (“wexe236”). This was during that pre-smartphone era when fetishists gathered on places like AndyELycra and Wetsuitlads.
Eventually, the name stuck when the gay kink community largely migrated over to Recon. If I don’t have much time, the story I tell is that I came up with “wexx” to mimic the sound that latex rubber makes (that wick-wick or clop-clop all rubberists are familiar with), but the truth isn’t quite as exciting.
I ran for Mr. New England Rubber 2016 because I saw a need to address the lack of inclusion and representation in many gay and kink spaces, particularly of Black, Indigenous, and people of color and other marginalized groups. As an enthusiastic rubberist who wears gear in public as often as possible, I also wanted to demonstrate to the larger community that fetishists of color have always been around, even if we very rarely or seldom get the spotlight due to institutional racism or outright white supremacy.
What is the gay fetish scene and in particular the rubber scene like in Mexico?
I had the honor of working on the team that founded Mr. Rubber Mexico back in 2017 and later emceed the contest in 2018 as a bilingual host when the Watts the Safeword team came to judge. I have such love, respect, and admiration for everyone in the Mexican rubber community, which has been around for many years through the diligent work of veteran fetishists but has exploded in the last several years thanks to growing interest in pet play and other kinks.
Mexico City is one of my favorite cities in the world, with an impressive gay scene that gives European and North American cities a run for their money. Its nightlife is diverse and its gay culture vibrant, not to give short shrift to the incredible art, culture, history, and music all around the city. I can’t wait to go back so I can sip some consomé at Fisher’s and munch on some steaming pozole from Casa de Toño after a night out dancing in gear.
We held the first Mr. Rubber Mexico at Nichos Bear Bar in 2017. Even though I’m only able to visit once in a blue moon, Enrique and the entire Nichos staff somehow remember who I am (I guess the latex helps!) and treat me like one of their own by rolling out the red carpet. For Mr. Rubber Mexico in 2018, we moved to a bigger space, Tom’s Leather Bar, which is Mexico’s premier leather sex club and is recognized for its particularly well-curated wall art.
One of the hidden gems of Mexico City, however, is Cabaretito, a labyrinth of a drag bar that has multiple stories with dance floors, a drag performance space, a food stand, and cheap tequila shots that make your skin crawl in your gear. I took Pup Amp and Kristofer Weston there on our last night together in Mexico City. We had a blast.
For those that don’t know, what does the annual Mr. International Rubber contest in Chicago entail?
The annual Mr. International Rubber (MIR) contest is very different from the other competitions on the international circuit. IMLBB, IMsLBB, and other contests are known for their seriousness—almost to a fault, some might argue. MIR, on the other hand, focuses on creating a contest experience that is fun not only for the contestants but also for the audience. Like other contests, MIR begins with a private interview round with the judges.
The other rounds include an on-stage question about kink or fetish, a fantasy scene (for my year, it was a shower fantasy), and a “grab bag round,” which is possibly the stage of the contest MIR is most infamous for, because it often causes minor injuries. In the grab bag round, each contestant is assigned a sack containing various vanilla items (like a toilet brush, scotch tape, and a jump rope) and is required to use those household objects in unusual ways to create a kink scene with a demo bottom. One of my proudest moments during my run was getting a gas mask in the grab bag, not knowing what to do with it for most of the round, and suddenly realizing at the last minute that I could use the elastic headband as a slingshot for pain.
How did you feel when they announced your name?
My first reaction was utter shock and disbelief, then quiet recognition that I had been lucky enough to shatter another glass ceiling for gay fetishists of color. That said, my happiness was quickly tempered by the anti-Asian racism I suffered immediately after the MIR announcement.
Across Facebook, there were slews of offensive anti-Asian comments, along with slurs like ch*nk and g**k, calling me “ugly” and expressing anger that the “white runner-up” (my dear friend Liam) didn’t win. It turned out to be only the first of countless racist comments I withstood during my title year, which culminated in coordinated hate mail and death threats last year when I called out racism against Black, Indigenous, and people of color at Folsom Europe in Berlin in September 2019.
By the time my title year was over, I was depleted by the racism I had suffered over the course of the entire time I had the sash. What began as a victory worth celebrating for its progress ended as a depressing sign of how many problems remain in the community. It took me many years to fully come to terms with my experience.
You travelled extensively during your title year. What was the highlight?
I was lucky to travel to 13 different countries and 24 cities around the world during my MIR title year. It’s impossible to pick just one, so I’ll go with the three trips that made the most significant impact on my worldview, my approach to the fetish community, and my views on antiracism, inclusion, and representation in the larger gay kink community.
First, Warsaw. The capital of Poland is one of the urban hidden gems of the world, with a very active and mature gay kink and fetish community, despite the challenges the Polish LGBTQ+ community faces from the current regime. The REFFORM Foundation (Fundacja REFFORM) is one of the greatest causes for good not just in Poland but across Eastern Europe, and my MIR successor Michał Neighbour’s The Nest program offers dedicated, trauma-informed support for Polish gay men who are suffering. I have such love and respect for the Polish fetish community, who welcomed me with open arms as one of their own. I can’t wait to return, especially to pay proper respects to my late friend Maciej Chojnacki, a beloved leader in the Polish fetish community and the most gifted stage designer I’ve ever seen, who left this world far too early.
Second, São Paulo. I’ve had the privilege of living in Brazil twice in my life so far, and I still visit every chance I can. In August 2017, I was lucky to join the Emborrachados (Rubbermen of Brazil) for one of the first-ever Brazilian rubber events at the Eagle São Paulo. The Brazilian rubber community is scattered throughout the country, but it’s extraordinarily active and large. Here, too, I was floored by the welcome I received from many fellow rubberists who couldn’t believe I’d come to visit (or that I speak fluent Portuguese).
Third, Taipei. As a gay Asian-American, dealing with internalized racism, anti-Asian racism, and issues unique to diasporic Asians is one of the many obstacles we face, especially in a gay community that alternately fetishizes and ostracizes people of Asian heritage—and never truly accepts them. I wanted to conclude my title year in a place that meant a great deal to me and my own lived experiences. At Taiwan Pride 2018, the Taiwanese fetish contingent, including the Taiwan Rubbermen, marched under an overpass where Chi Chia-wei, the globally respected Taiwanese gay rights activist, was waving a pride flag while looking down at us fondly. The tears came quickly. It was a moment I will treasure for the rest of my life.
My proudest achievements of my title year as MIR, however, weren’t these trips. It was helping rubberists all over the world feel more comfortable wearing latex in public in places where they had always been too nervous to show their gear. Arm in arm with rubberists who had never worn latex in public, it was an absolute joy to walk around a Carrefour supermarket in São Paulo in rubber or to stand on a busy city square in Taipei wearing nothing but a latex catsuit—all for the very first time.
How does it feel to go down in fetish history as the world’s first Asian international title holder?
When I won the title of Mr. International Rubber 20 (2017), the weight and impact of what I achieved didn’t set in until several months in. Throughout my title year, I was buoyed and deeply touched to receive notes about how my win had inspired other people of color to represent their local communities, come out of the kink closet to their families and friends, and become more in tune with their own race and sexuality.
To this day, I still receive well wishes from folx I only interacted with in passing or only saw from on stage. Reading notes that thank me for being a “modern-day hero in the fetish community” or giving “my time to anyone” brings me to tears and reminds me why I do what I do in the first place—and why, despite all the pain and trauma I’ve suffered, it’s been well worth the struggle. As I’ve said from the beginning of my title year, if I can help a single fetishist who doesn’t feel welcome or included finally experience that sense of belonging, I’ve done my duty as a fetish titleholder.
What appeals to you about rubber, which brands do you like and what is your favourite item?
Rubber for me is a very sensory fetish, one where all of the senses coalesce in highly electrifying ways. Whether it’s the shiny look of rubber, its billowy and sweet aroma, the sound it makes as you walk or wank or fuck in it, or the smooth and slippery way it feels, there is nothing like latex. For me, very few things are sexier than a transparent or semitransparent latex catsuit, a look I model frequently.
However, the rubber community has significant issues with inclusion and representation. One of the most common complaints I’ve long seen from fellow rubberists of color is the lack of representation of diverse skin tones on vendor websites, which makes purchasing rubber, especially in transparent colors, very challenging for Black and Brown rubberists. I’ve tried using my platform to push for change among these vendors and received mostly nothing but crickets. Fortunately, Invincible Rubber just featured a Black man in a new product photo for the very first time!
I’ll share my list of latex vendors that I believe to be doing good work in antiracism, inclusion, and representation, particularly of those not considered “conventionally attractive.” There are only a few latex vendors that depict BIPOC rubberists as part of their product photos and image galleries: Mr. S Leather, Polymorphe, Libidex, Fetish Daddy Gear, Mr. B Amsterdam, and now, Invincible Rubber. I encourage rubberists of color to support brands like these that portray them as sexy and take BIPOC representation seriously!
You are very active in and aware of antiracism—how bad is anti-Asian racism in the gay world?
Anti-Asian racism and dehumanization of Asians in particular is a problem in the gay community that many choose to ignore or sweep under the rug. I routinely receive comments that call me “ch*nk” or “g**k” on dating apps, and I’m regularly bullied or mocked merely for being Asian at kink events. Often, I’m even physically and violently assaulted by racists, such as when I was pushed out of an elevator by a Trump supporter at Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) who suffered no consequences.
Asians, like other BIPOC, are perpetually dehumanized, whether by those with a toxic fetish for Asian men (“I love only Asians”) or by those who don’t believe Asians should be allowed in gay spaces altogether (“you Asians shouldn’t be here”). Just last month, we saw a prominent white cis gay man dehumanize and objectify an Asian man by saying, “I’m not into Asians but this one is stunning,” as if we’re fruit to be picked out from a grocery stand, not real humans.
There are many reasons for anti-Asian racism. Many focus on the persistent lack of representation of Asians in gay and kink media. I’ve never seen a major kink event’s poster ever feature an Asian man in star billing, for instance, and Tom of Finland famously never depicted a single man of Asian descent in any of his art. Most Asians I speak to feel excluded, marginalized, and erased from gay and kink spaces. But this isn’t just because of our lack of authentic representation.
Systemic racism in the gay and kink communities weaponizes desirability to idealize cis white men as the paragon of beauty and virility, while Black, Asian, and other men of color are seen merely as cuisines to sample, exotic trophies to collect, and aliens to gawk at. This is why we’re regularly physically assaulted at kink events. When we’re not seen as fully human and merely as unwelcome tokens, community leaders don’t see our mistreatment as an issue. This racist instinct to brush real harm and trauma under the rug is why I was the target of a coordinated hate mail campaign and death threats in late 2019 merely for publicly calling out rampant, unaddressed racism at Folsom Europe.
In order for this to change for future generations in the gay and kink communities, not only do we need better policies and enforcement in our spaces; we also need a major paradigm shift in how we all think about desirability and attraction—in short, we need to begin to think critically about how to fix worsening sexual racism and the fact that gay men of color continue to face such hate and pain in a community that doesn’t seem to want us around at all. Lately, I’ve been learning from reading queer Black writers like Araya Baker, who has written eloquently on the impact of desirability politics on gay BIPOC.
What is the Asian Leather and Kink Alliance?
The Asian Leather and Kink Alliance (ALKA) is an antiracist affinity group for folx of Asian heritage in the kink, fetish, and BDSM community. We’re an activist collective that accepts all genders, all (gray) sexualities, and all Asian heritages. Inspired by similar organizations like Onyx and Onyx Pearls, I founded the group in 2020 to provide a safe space and organizing platform for Asians of all backgrounds facing racism in the kink community.
If you’re of Asian heritage in the kink community looking for a safe space to discuss anti-Asian racism and other Asian issues, all you need to do is send a direct message to our Twitter with a link to a social profile (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Recon, FetLife, PupSpace, etc.) and 3-5 sentences about how being Asian in the kink community has impacted your experience. We take privacy very seriously, so there’s no need to provide your real name.
What do you think about Asian representation in gay artwork like Tom Of Finland and right through to the gay porn world?
Many people are shocked to learn that Tom of Finland never depicted a single man of Asian descent in any of his artwork. I’ve heard from countless non-Asian kinksters and fetishists who expressed that that revelation made them think twice about the kind of media and pornography they consume, the reasons for their biases and desires, and the way they approach and treat Asians in the gay and kink communities.
In recent years, Asian representation in gay pornography and in kink media has increased substantially, thanks to the laudable efforts of content creators as well as vendors like Mr. S Leather and dating apps like Recon that make a clear and concerted effort to represent Asians as sexy, kinky gay men. But there’s still a long way to go. I long for the day when I can see two Asian-Americans in a popular video, celebrated for their unique identities in addition to their attractiveness. Currently, gay porn is still very much couched in the gay white gaze.
At the same time, however, I’ve seen progress go in reverse, especially when it comes to gay Asian men who use the gay white gaze and fetishization of Asians to uphold our marginalization and exclusion. Gay Asians who refer to themselves as “Asian muscle boy” or “rice” are simply bowing down to the tropes of white supremacy that have led to such trauma for Asians in the first place. I don’t consider those gay Asian men who joke around about their Asianness in a bid to attract racist subscribers to be fighting anti-Asian racism in any meaningful way. In fact, they’re moving us in the wrong direction.
How important to you is the Black Lives Matter campaign and how can gay men, clubs, events, and associations help?
The senseless murders and unpunished violence we continue to see from American law enforcement and racist white vigilantes should be driving every single member of the gay community to action to ally with and support Black and Brown folx. Sadly, many in the gay world simply tweeted “#BLM” or “Black Lives Matter” without changing anything about how they behave on gay dating apps or how they treat people of color in gay and kink spaces.
My biggest recommendation to gay men, clubs, events, and associations is to please stop with the empty words and perfunctory statements that are devoid of any real action or change whatsoever. It makes you look like you don’t really care, as Tyrone Rontganger said so eloquently in June 2020. If you don’t back up your words with real action and change, quite frankly, it’s better to stay silent.
We people of color want to see action and change in the form of authentic allyship and representation. Where are the Black members of your leadership team? Where are the Black trans folx at your local events? Where is your support for Black-owned organizations like Tyesha Best’s POCKLE? Where are the Brown and Muslim community members on your event marketing? Where are the codes of conduct, anti-harassment policies, and clear enforcement processes in your spaces? Where are the product photos showing Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx folx on your online fetish shop? If you are serious about combating anti-Blackness and other racism in the gay and kink communities, I ask you: Stop SAYING empty words and start SHOWING us how you’re CHANGING.
What was your involvement in the successful launch of Mr. Rubber Brazil?
Brazil has long had a very deep place in my heart, as I was fortunate to live there twice in my life so far. As such, my visit to São Paulo in 2017 during my title year as Mr. International Rubber 20 (2017) was important not just for amplifying and celebrating the work of the Brazilian fetish community but also for my own love and passion for Brazil.
Soon after my visit, I began working behind the scenes with Guto Lemos and Marc Vini, two prominent leaders in the Brazilian rubber community, to explore the feasibility of holding a first-ever Mr. Rubber Brazil contest weekend. After many months of preparation and discussion, and many meetings in São Paulo and online, we managed to put together an amazing show for the inaugural contest, which included among its judges Morgana Marone, a Brazilian rubber model who was among the first to evangelize latex fetishism in the country. I shared some of our work and vision in an interview with BLUBR in Portuguese.
You have taken your sash to Poland, so what do you feel about the gay-free zones there and what can people do to help?
One of the things I find most interesting about the LGBT-free zones in Poland is that the areas where LGBTQ+ people are stigmatized overlap almost completely with areas where refugees and immigrants to Poland have faced considerable discrimination and hate. It’s as if homophobia and transphobia have similar bedfellows as racism and Islamophobia!
For this reason, allying and uniting against right-wing forces that aim to uphold the oppression of both LGBTQ+ folx and people of color is something we should all have no trouble supporting. I think it’s important to recognize that so many in Poland are fighting against the efforts by conservatives to erase the LGBTQ+ community from existence. In addition to the hard work of non-profit organizations like the REFFORM Foundation, I closely watched the campaign of Warsaw’s new mayor, Rafał Trzaskowski, a steadfast advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in Poland. In addition, I’m buoyed by the continued hard work of my dear activist friends in liberal cities like Poznań who continue to fight for LGBTQ+ rights in Poland despite not being LGBTQ+ themselves.
Is there any other country with antigay issues currently which you think should be highlighted more?
The imprisonment, persecution, and assassination of Black LGBTQ+ activists in countries like Kenya and Uganda, and the continued emergence of homophobic and transphobic legislation there, are issues that the global gay community needs to pay much more attention to. In the last several years, countless Black LGBTQ+ activists have been harassed, murdered, or forced to flee their countries, such as the late Brian Wasswa, who was beaten to death in Uganda in late 2019.
One of the most depressing aspects of antigay legislation in East Africa is the fact that before the colonialist Scramble for Africa, societies accepted homosexuality and third genders before the British Empire imposed religiously motivated sodomy laws in its effort to Christianize its colonies. As such, still to this day, many American evangelical organizations continue to fund and otherwise materially support antigay groups in Kenya, Uganda, and other countries. This is an example of how colonialism and imperialism have imposed homophobia and transphobia in places where both forms of oppression are entirely foreign and unfamiliar imports.
Who is your rubber hero?
I have many rubber heroes, but I want to mention one person in particular who represents for me the exemplar of what the gay and kink communities ought to stand for when it comes to including, representing, and protecting the most vulnerable.
When I first entered the gay and kink communities as an Asian-American, it was impossible to find someone with a similar background whom I could talk with about the issues of systemic and sexual racism that run rampant in our community. I didn’t feel very welcome in predominantly white gay bars in the Boston area, both because of my race and my kinkiness, and I experienced unrelenting rejection and blatant racism on apps like Grindr and Recon. I was very close to leaving the fetish community altogether when I received a Recon message from the late Jason Lynch (RubberJason), who would later become Mr. New England Rubber 2012 and Mr. International Rubber 16 (2013).
Jason did something that was extraordinarily rare for anyone in the gay kink community at the time. He reached out directly to me, having seen my rubbery Recon profile, and invited me to attend upcoming New England Rubber Men (NERM) events that he helped organize. But Jason went above and beyond the call of duty: He explicitly mentioned the issue of anti-Asian racism in the gay community and demonstrated that he understood my reluctance. Jason then offered to be my guide to the New England fetish community.
This sort of compassion and empathy for fellow gay men, especially of color, seems to be exceedingly uncommon these days. But Jason bucked the trend of every other gay fetishist I had spoken to by acknowledging my struggle and actively fighting for a more inclusive and representative fetish community in his own backyard. To this day, I try to honor his legacy by reaching out to the underserved and underrepresented in our community.
When we as people of color talk about allyship, this is the sort of work we mean, not empty hashtags in a Twitter bio or an isolated raised-fist emoji. When we use our positions of privilege to authentically support and uplift those who have long been erased, oppressed, or silenced in our communities, that is real, meaningful change.
Let’s all be the RubberJasons of our respective spaces. Find those who are in the corner sipping a drink alone, find those who are of color or gender non-conforming, find those who have never felt at home in our spaces, find those who look forlorn and troubled, and do the work to understand and fight for those who are seldom fought for. Even through all I have suffered, my conviction in this regard remains resolute and immovable.
What is your favourite event to visit and your personal favourite gay destination?
I’ll keep this answer short and sweet. Though my favorite event to visit is probably Mr. Rubber Mexico due to my deep love for and ties with the Mexican community, my favorite gay destination is probably Taipei, where I have never once experienced dehumanization from other gay men for being Asian (apart from those with an Asian fetish).
My answers may surprise some readers, who might have expected an answer like Berlin or Maspalomas. I ask in response: Isn’t it sad that my bar is so low that the only thing that matters to me in a kink event or gay destination is not experiencing anti-Asian racism, before even thinking about having fun?
Which three famous guys would you most like to have an all-night rubber orgy with and who would do what?
Ironically, I’ve already answered this question to some extent on my Twitter. Because many who are asked this question seldom answer with the name of even a single Asian man, let alone a man of color, I’ll give you three. Salman Khan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Bretman Rock are all invited to my rubber dungeon for an all-night orgy. Here’s hoping none of them has a latex allergy. I’d like to be skewered—fully rubbered up and on all-fours in tight, restrictive bondage—between Bretman and Salman while Daniel does unspeakable things to my rubber-sheathed member.
How can rubber folk and our readers find out more about you, your travels, campaigns and associations?
I recently launched my new website at mirubberxx.com. Having organized professional software conferences with six-figure budgets and successful kink events in three countries, I’m available for hire for event consulting, risk management, event emceeing, and fetish modeling. I also just recently launched my mirubberxx.com Spend Guide, a guide for marginalized folx looking for kink events and vendors that promote and practice antiracism, inclusion, and equitable representation.
You can see my fetish modeling work and my antiracist kink activism on Twitter, where I’m most active. Due to widening censorship on Instagram, I post less often there, but most of my Instagram content from my title year is still there to browse. You can also read my writing about latex fetishism and anti-Asian racism in Recon Magazine at Recon.com.
We gay rubberists share a great deal in common, but the issues that continue to plague our world still inform and impact the lived experiences of marginalized groups in our diverse and global community. I will continue to fight as hard as I can so that the next generation of gay rubberists won’t suffer the harm and violence that I have endured over the years and that so many continue to face for no other reason than a trait that none of us chose, but is an integral part of who we are. Will you join our fight?
About Preston So
Preston “wexx” (he/him) is Mr. International Rubber 20 (2017) and Mr. New England Rubber 2016. He is the first Asian international fetish titleholder and the first Mr. International Rubber (MIR) of color.
Preston has been interested in latex rubber since 2007 and has actively practiced the fetish since 2010. He taught other students about leather, latex, neoprene, spandex, and other similar fetishes at Harvard College Munch, the BDSM student organization at his alma mater, at a time when the group was publicly vilified by Bill O’Reilly and the Harvard College Republicans as a university-funded “sex club” on Fox News.
Preston was honored to judge the International Mr. Leather (IML) 2019 and International Pup and Handler (IPAHW) 2019 contests, representing fetishists of Asian heritage. He has appeared in mainstream, LGBTQ+, and kink media in German (BOX Magazin), Brazilian Portuguese (iGay no iG, BLUBR, Rádio Agita Planeta), and English (Vice.com, JOY 94.9, Watts the Safeword in 2017 and 2020, NoSafeWord) to promote latex fetishism, inclusion, and representation in the gay and kink communities. Previously, Preston judged and delivered the keynote at International Olympus Leather 2018 in San Diego, where he spoke about the importance of visibility as a fetishist of color.
Preston is a co-founder of the Mr. Rubber Mexico (est. 2017) and Mr. Rubber Brazil (est. 2019) contests, respectively the first rubber competitions in Latin America, and served as bilingual emcee for Mr. Rubber Mexico in 2018 and for Mr. Rubber Brazil in 2019. He is a member of the New England Rubber Men (NERM) and Emborrachados (Rubbermen of Brazil).
During his title year as Mr. International Rubber 20, Preston evangelized latex fetishism in 13 countries and 24 cities around the world. The first MIR to visit Latin America and East Asia, Preston believes everyone should feel confident to gear up in public and is proud to practice his passion by wearing rubber out regularly, especially where fetish gear is taboo or seldom seen.
He enjoys mentoring new rubberists regardless of their gender or sexuality, especially through workshops at Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend (2017, 2018, 2019) and DV8/Purple Passion (“Latex Fetishism 101”) about latex care, latex fetish practices, and the experience of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the fetish community.
Currently, Preston continues to serve the kink and fetish community and kinksters and fetishists of color as a contributor to Recon.com and Recon Magazine, writing about latex fetishism and the Asian experience in kink and fetish, and as the founder of the Asian Leather and Kink Alliance, an antiracist affinity group for folx of Asian descent in the kink and fetish community. As a professional event organizer, he is also a prominent advocate for attendee safety and risk management in kink spaces.
As Mr. International Rubber 20 and a rubberist of color, Preston’s mission is to rubberize the world—to bring the latex fetish to places further afield and especially to unawakened rubberists. He still gives his time to these efforts today as a co-producer of new events, volunteer interpreter in multiple languages, and organizer of emerging communities around the world. Preston is based in New York City.