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'They're always trying to figure me out.' Meet Mr. Long Beach Leather

'They're always trying to figure me out.' Meet Mr. Long Beach Leather

Ali Mushtaq was dancing on stage, wearing nothing but a black leather jockstrap and a smile.

It was Saturday night at the Eagle LA, a gay leather bar in Silver Lake. There were chains and whips for sale on a pool table across the room. Red flames painted on the black walls. House music booming.

Mushtaq flexed his biceps and shimmied his hips. A man shoved a few dollar bills at him, and Mushtaq’s sultry visage melted into a sincere, delighted smile. He giggled as he knelt down to chat with the man.

The 27-year-old son of Pakistani immigrants, Mushtaq, who won the title of Mr. Long Beach Leather this fall, wants to become a role model for the gay leather community — a...

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