Mr. LA Leather Bear 2014
Originally from Newport – Rhode Island (not Beach) - Gabriel is a strong advocate for gay rights and organ donation, speaking frequently on the subject around Southern CA.
Gabriel was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. He attended the University Of Rhode Island where he received a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a minor in Spanish. After college, he moved to Santa Maria, CA, where he received an acting internship at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, but also attended a local LGBT group where he discovered his passion for non-profit. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles to work at the L.A Gay and Lesbian Center’s Jeff Griffith Youth Center, working with homeless youth and educating them about HIV Prevention. He currently works as a Property Manager for West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation whose mission is to provide decent and affordable housing for people with limited income, including those with special needs.
Gabriel is a strong advocate for gay rights and organ donation. He speaks for an organization called G.L.I.D.E (Gays and Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality), a volunteer based organization that goes to schools, colleges and various other community groups to educate them about the origins of homophobia through presentations and sharing personal coming out stories. He also received a kidney transplant almost two and half years ago after undergoing several years of dialysis treatment. It was the biggest blessing and transformation of his life.Gabriel feels very blessed and honored to be Mr. L.A. Leather Bear 2014 and to be apart of the Band of Brothers. By being apart of the leather community, he has found an amazing group of people who have embraced him, loved him and are helping him grow and discover new things about himself. Most importantly, however, he has found a new community that consider him family and that to him is the beautiful thing in the world.