Gary Virginia moved to San Francisco in 1987 for his career in university development, and later managed Lahaina Galleries/SF. After surviving an AIDS diagnosis in 1995, he went on disability and his community work blossomed.
After winning the Mr. Daddy’s Leather 1996 title the year that bar opened, he went on to win Mr. SF Leather and placed sixth at IML. Soon he was tapped to join the board of AIDS Benefits Counselors (now Positive Resource Center) and served for six years, including as president. His “Heart of the Matter” leather column ran in SF Frontiers for 3.5 years.
Gary founded Krewe de Kinque charitable Mardi Gras club in 2004 and co-founded the annual Pride Brunch for PRC with Donna Sachet 17 years ago. He served as president of SF Pride the last two years, and serves on several advisory boards.
His many honors include the Peter J. Austin Memorial Leather Brotherhood & Achievement Award (1998), mayoral honors for “Gary Virginia Day” (April 4, 1997), Man of the Year at the 31st Annual Motorcycle Awards, and Excellence in Philanthropy Individual at the 2013 SF Niteys Awards.