As Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015, Clifton Tatum has made waves that extend well beyond the leather world.
The eighth-place finisher at the International Mr. Leather competition has been on magazine covers. He’s been in an advertisement promoting Palm Springs. And he’s raised a whole lot of money for charities that help out LGBT youth.
In fact, he’s raised $17,000—with $7,400 of it being raised at his Heartthrobs Auction, which took place at Copa on Sunday night, July 5.
Seven local luminaries (and their accompanying goodie baskets, which ranged in value from $500 to more than $3,000) were auctioned off for a date to the highest bidder: Jeff Hocker, Mike Cohan, Mike Thompson, Dimitri Halkidis, Will Dean, David White and Jill Langham.
Five charities will benefit from the hard work of Tatum and his auction participants: The Trevor Project, For the Children, the LGBT Center of the Desert, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Sanctuary Palm Springs.
Below is a gallery of photos of the event, from Tommy Locust Photography.