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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 17:31

Dave Rhodes Hump Day April 25, 2018




IMsL and IMsBB winners

girl ang was chosen to be International Ms Leather 2018 and Teagan was named International Ms Bootblack at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, CA on Saturday night, April 21 in front of a sold out crowd. The Heart and Soul Award winner was Sir Dom. IMsL runner-up was Jesbian and IMsBB runner-up was Brynn Bietzel. The seven women who competed for IMsL are girl ang, Jesbian, Scarlett Sin, Sir Dom, Carla, Princess Jinnie and Tig; and the five who vied for IMsBB are Teagan, Brynn Beitzel, Bootblack KL, Red and Vivian. The IMsL and IMsBB weekend included several events including a Bootblack Master Class, vendors, a hospitality suite which is the envy of all Leather events, Shiners movie, Thursday night Seduction, pool party, ONYX Dance, play space, Boots and Cigars and silent auction among others. There's more - to find out what, go to https://imslbb.org/


Master/slave second African-American couple to represent IM/s title
By Master Taino
After a ten-year drought, the current Northeast Master/slave titleholders, Mister Blue and Bluefrost, have brought the International Master/slave title back to our region by emerging the winners among four other titleholders from the sister regions. Mr. Blue and Bluefrost conducted themselves with grace and dignity winning the hearts of not only of the panel of judges, but the attendees at South Plains Leather Fest. They are just the second African American couple to win the International title following the footsteps of Master Obsidian and slave Namaste, who hold the title for 2010. They are also the third International titleholders that have come from the Northeast Region following Sir Stephen and slave Catherine (2005) and Master Larry and slave barb (2007). 2018 marks MsC’s 15th Anniversary. Find out more at http://masterslaveconference.org/

Golden Gate Guards 46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards
The Golden Gate Guards hosted the 46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards on Saturday, April,16 at the SF Eagle. The GDAs are held in three phases: Nomination, Voting and Awards Ceremony. A gift of $3,500 from this year's Golden Dildeaux Awards hosted by Bare Chest Den Daddy Will Victoria and former Bare Chest Calendar Man Cody Elkin. Race Bannon received the most votes. These humorous awards are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time provide a unique charity fundraising opportunity. The Golden Dildeaux Awards were originally started by the late Mister Marcus (go to external link and delete cookies) in 1972. http://ggguards.org/gda/aboutGDA.htm



LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium
The Lost Angeles Dodgers announced that they will play host to their Sixth Annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 8 (vs. ATL, 7:10 PM). A special event ticket package that includes a game ticket for the Dodgers' June 8 game and an exclusive Dodger 3/4 sleeve LGBT Shirt is available for purchase now. For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers have partnered with LA Pride - http://www.lapride.org - and will host the official 2018 LA Pride kickoff party at Dodger Stadium beginning at 5:30 PM in the Right Field Plaza Bar and lasting until first pitch at 7:10 PM Produced by non-profit organization Christopher Street West, LA Pride is Southern California's biggest LGBTQ+ celebration, with the LA Pride Festival and LA Pride Parade taking place in West Hollywood on the weekend of June 9-10. https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/specials/lgbt-night

Mr. Providence Eagle Leather
The Mr. Providence Eagle Leather contest and events will be held May 11-13 in Providence, RI. There will be a whole slew of activities including a meet and greet, contestants number draw on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Providence Eagle Leather contest and afterglow victory party. http://mrpvdeagle.com/contest

Daddy's Barbershop Palm Springs Grand Opening
You read it right, there is a Daddy's Barbershop-Palm Springs and its Grand Opening is on Saturday, April 28 at 5-8 PM. With its success in San Francisco and knowing that LGBT and Leatherfolk have been moving to Palm Springs and Cathedral City. The address ise 192 South Indian Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262. http://www.daddysbarbershop.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/DaddysBarbershopPalmSprings/



Trivia Question of the Week

Judy Tallwing-McCarthey is?



1. The first lesbian to own a Fortune 500 company.

2. The first chairwoman of the Leather Archives and Museum.

3. The first International Ms Leather - 1987.

4. The first lesbian mayor of a city with over 1,000,000 residents - 1999 - 2005.

5. The founder of the Miss America pageant.

 

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - In what city was the first Living In Leather conference held? Seattle, Washington.

Leather District Gets Thumbs Up from Key City Hall Committee
The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Legislation has unanimously passed the Land Use Committee. Now the legislation moves to a vote of the full Board of Supervisors on May 1 and, as required, a second vote on May 8. Several meetings were held leading up to the April 19 decision . Everyone who showed up had the opportunity to speak before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. Support seems good for passage of the resolution by the full Board of Supervisors. http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org

Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout
Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout will be at The Woods Campground September 14-16. The 2017 Kinky Campout was a blast so we're doing it again. Join 60 or so kinky men from all over the region at the Woods Campground in Lehighton for Leather III Weekend, featuring the Mr/Ms Woods Leather Contest 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. https://www.facebook.com/events/422551504857973/


House of MarKus - Wax Play
House of MarKus will present Wax Play at Leather Masters on Saturday, May 12 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Tickets are $20 and will be available on line and in the store. https://www.facebook.com/events/2009775182619121/


Leather People Building A Better World
Leather List and http://www.LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather service To communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Contact for more information.

Meat Rack at Eagle LA
John Piampiano and Hunter Fox present Meat Rack with deejay Matt Effect is hosted by Eagle LA on the second Saturday of each month. The next Meat Rack is on Saturday, April 14 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/


NLA announces Writer's Awards nominees
By CandiAnne
National Leather Association - International (NLA - I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards.  Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes. The Awards will be presented on October 21 in Reno, NV. Read the entire story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2005-nla-writer-s-awards-nominees-announceds-awards-nominees-announced

The 2018 Leather SLUT Competitions
The Mission of the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contest is to promote Leather culture among the Salt Lake City community. We are looking for Leather men and women that can act as ambassadors to work with various segments of both LGBTQ community and the radical sex communities. Sunday, May 20 at 8 PM, Metro Music Hall, 615 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

BHT Pasta Night at Schola
Brother Help Thyself will raise funds through its BHT Pasta Night at Schola in Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM.  Learn to cook a great Italian Pasta dish with similarly minded folks in support of BHT's LGBTQ grant making operations. All proceeds from the $59 cost per person will be generously donated to BHT. Whether you've donated before, are looking to support your community in new ways, or are looking to get involved with BHT as a community director, please join us for this event. Schola, 1005 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. https://www.facebook.com/events/306345209892887/

Dog Pound: Dog Show
It’s Ashtray’s Birthday Weekend. So we decide to put on another show, but this year it will be a different kind of show. The mosh will be in front of the stage, so all the pups get the best seat in the house, and we aren’t ready to reveal all the details yet, but there will be cake, performance, puppy tricks, and even possibly some audience participation. Friday, May 4 at 9 PM, Bullet Bar10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

12th Annual Blatino Oasis Retreat
Gay and Bisexual Men of Color are gearing up for the 12th Annual Blatino Oasis Retreat in the legendary Hollywood desert resort getaway to the stars, beautiful, sexy and sunny, Palm Springs, CA. Online pass sales end on April 30th. Plan Now To Play Later and get your passes today! Visit our website below for info. http://www.blatinooasis.com

Satyrs Motorcycle Club - Badger Flat Run

Nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk will make the trek up into the Central California mountains northeast of Fresno for the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day weekend, August 31 - September 3. This is is their 57th year of of hosting a huge bonfire, all-day cocktail bar, people and bike events, run awards presentation, great food, movies under the stars, bike christening, virgin rituals, sightseeing and immense brotherhood at 8,200 above sea level. http://satyrsmc.org/


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IML and IMrBB are a month away
We are now one month from IML. Here are the judges - International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Q Darkqwolf, Bavarian Mister Leather 2016 Werner Hall, International Mr. Leather 1979 David Kloss, President of PSLOD Drew Kramer, International Mr. Bootblack 2013 Sammy Sklover, past Executive Director of the Leather Archives and Museum Rick Storer, Producer of Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather Sal Susino and Co-producer of American Brotherhood Weekend Karen Ultra. The judges for the International Mr. Bootblack competition are International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter, Event Organizer/Producer Richard Savvy and the winner of International Ms Leather Bootblack 2018. The Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017 are Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002 Don Leach Lakes Leather Sir 2002 and Northeast Puppy 2017 Pup Vidhra. http://www.imrl.com


Masuimi Max to headline DomCon: LA Fetish Ball
While the mainstream gets Stormy, DomCon is going to the Max. Fetish superstar, Masuimi Max will be performing for DomCon: LA’s Fetish Ball, the crown jewel of the convention’s events. This decadent exposition of fetish and BDSM will be open to the kinky public May 11 through 13.Max is America's "Ghoul Next Door" and a mainstream crossover powerhouse. She will be signing at the expo and bringing her dark burlesque to the Fetish Ball stage on Saturday evening of the expo.

Bear Mayhem
Bear Mayhem, The Bear camp out for charity, will be held May 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. Now in our seventh year, we hope to again donate several thousand dollars to Lost and Found. Events will be held at the River’s Edge Campground in Dewy Rose, Club House and Atlanta Eagle. Go to the web site for your VIP pass, http://www.bearmayhem.com


Desert Fetish Authority - Discussion Group
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday, the next being May 11 and June 8. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. Our monthly kinky discussion group. The purpose and topic is to talk openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. The Barracks Bar, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, # C7, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion/


Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes
Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with next month's on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. https://www.facebook.com/events/175911286517524/

Touché opens Club Room for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise
Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, May 11 and June 8, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night last year. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409


Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night
Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011. https://www.facebook.com/PictionaryNight/


BLUF: DC at DC Eagle
BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. May 6 and June 3 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue. http://www.dceagle.com/

Border Riders Motorcycle Club
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club has chapters in the Pacific Northwest and have been active for several decades. The photo above is from a summer 2017 run to Larabee State Park in Washington. Founded in 1969, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Our diverse membership hails mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. https://www.facebook.com/Border-Riders-Motorcycle-Club-99785704630/99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/


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Published in Editorial

IMSbb Contestant AngelName: Angel

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2014

City, State: Norman, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

I regularly participate in Southwest Leather Conference, Beyond Vanilla, and International Leather Sir and boy/ International Community Bootblack.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: My favorite Leather are my Harley Harness Boots.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

HardPink Sisterhood and The Dallas Eagle

 

Published in International Leather
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:02

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Random

RandomLeatherJournalRandom Colorado Bootblack 2016

Colorado Bootblack 2016

Proud to be a part of MAsT Metro Denver and the Boulder Munch.

My favorite leather would be my Dr Marten boots. They are my foundation and keep me grounded in leather.

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

I am proud to be sponsored this year by three amazing sponsors. The Leather Colorado Foundation sponsors and facilitates the Colorado Bootblack, Colorado Ms. Leather, Colorado Mr. Leather, Colorado Miss. Leather, and Colorado Mr. Rubber contests. (coloradoleather.org) The Denver Wrangler helps to raise funds for various organizations in the community with their weekly beer busts, and offers their facilities for meetings and other gatherings as they can. (denverwrangler.com) Finally, CJ’s leather has for years sponsored our local community with their fantastic leather products and custom works. Each patch and custom creation or repair is a true work of art. (cjsleather.com)

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    

The Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles is my favorite charity. Although they have only been around since September of 2015 their dedication to our community becomes more and more evident as they constantly seek out new ways of fulfilling their mission of creating a safe space in our community for adults who engage in alternative lifestyles. The communities they strive to serve are those of the LGBTQ+, Non-Monogamy, and Kink, believing that it is up to consenting adults to decide who and how they love. They serve these communities through education on various related topics and are constantly seeking to expand and improve their service. They have expanded their community outreach by teaching classes on mental health first aid and hope to have a crisis hotline and conflict mediation programs for the people of Colorado in the future. (coloradocal.com)

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    

Community service is so important for any civilization, and really is the mark of humanity. It reminds us that we are all human and all connected and reinforces those connections. Within the leather community it becomes so much more important for each of us to step up where we can. It’s our legacy, it’s where we’re from and it’s where we’re going. It is the foundation of everything we do. So many of our leaders and legends have given so much to see that we continue to progress, and I believe it is up to each of us to continue that. Whether it is helping to raise funds or by organizing ways we can get together in fellowship, the leather community is based on service to that community. It is built by those who are willing to be of service to our community. We pay no taxes to a leather monarch, we have no elected officials making sure there is funding for the things important to us, what we have at the end of the day is each other.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

For me identifying as a bootblack is a core part of who I am. It is how I found my way home. I enjoy caring for leather, and that makes me a leather care specialist. I work on leather as people are wearing it, and that makes me a shoe shiner. I build relationships with those who enter my chair and with the leather. I do what I can to be a recorder and preserver of leather and leather history, and to be a resource to my community. That to me – makes me a bootblack.

Published in International Leather
Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:55

Dave Rhodes Hump Day, April 18, 2018


San Francisco LDG - A Conversation with ONYX Northwest
The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will host A Conversation with ONYX Northwest at Mr-S-Leather on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 PM. After a brief cameo appearance a few months ago, we are delighted to welcome back to LDG, LaGuan Kink-Lea the President of the ONYX Northwest, to tell us more about the past, present and future of ONYX in San Francisco. Since 1995, ONYX has been providing a welcome and support for Men Of Color who are interested in participating in the Leather lifestyle and community. Mr-S-Leather, 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/2017454915242216/6/


ONYX Mid-Atlantic inducts seven members
By ONYX Rod
They are no longer Pledges. They are Full Brothers. Congratulations to Epic Seven! You are a line that the ONYX Mid-Atlantic chapter were very impressed by. Thank you for the work you have already put in. I look forward to all that you will bring to this organization.

 

International Olympus Leather in two weeks
The judges for International Olympus Leather Weekend are Dave Rhodes, Founder and Executive Producer Emeritus, Head Judge Dr. Larry Burden, 2018 International Mx Olympus Leather Matt O’Toole, 2018 International Ms Olympus Leather Pixie Mary, Women in Leather Legacy 2018 Renee Beckman, 2017 Leatherman of Color Kai Anderson, 2017 International Rubber Preston So (who will also be giving the Keynote Address on Sunday), President of Onyx Pearls SE Queen Raini, and rounding out the new nine judge panel is 2015-16 International Mr Olympus Leather Fred Anderson. #OLW2018 is May 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza Mission Valley in San Diego, CA. Block rates start at $140 Double Occupancy and come with buffet breakfast, fridge and microwave. http://olympusleather.com/

Leroux: How long-term care became an uplifting experience
By Paul Leroux for the Ottawa Citizen
Little did I know that my best days lay, not behind, but ahead of me. I was about to embark on an incredible journey of personal growth and spiritual rebirth – to be, not only lifted, but uplifted....Within moments of my arrival, a resident made me feel that I belonged. She has since become my table mate and my best friend....I have witnessed tender moments between spouses, happy occasions uniting families. My own husband and I have seen our relationship grow deeper and stronger. Paul is the partner of past titleholder Alex Wisniowski. Read the rest at http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/leroux-how-long-term-care-became-an-uplifting-experience

Should LGBT people be allow to teach in schools?
While 6% of the respondents (5% of the women and 8% of the men) admitted they weren't sure how they felt, and 6% (4% of the women and 9% of the men) said they did not think gays and lesbians be allowed to teach, an overwhelming 87% (91% of the women and 83% of the men) believe that homosexual teachers should be allowed to teach in schools. Although federal law protects people from workplace discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, sex, age and disability, the law fails to specifically address sexual orientation. In the recent past, more than 20 states and Washington, DC, have prohibited sexual orientation discrimination in private employment, but LGBT teachers still face discrimination regarding their sexuality in the public sector....The web-based survey, conducted by an independent third party survey company, of over 1,000 American adults age 18 and up, was sponsored by Adam & Eve to study sexual preferences and practices. For more information about Adam & Eve go to https://www.adameve.com

WSMLO - Leather Emerald Award
By Toby J. Noon
Photo by Andrew Villeneuve
The Leather Emerald Award was presented on Sunday March 25 at the Purr Cocktail Lounge in Seattle, WA during Washington State Leather Pride Week. With emcees Lainy Spock and Panther Berg main honor, the 2018 Leather Emerald Award, was presented to Julia Kaplan. The Washington State Leather Community was represented by groups, organizations and clubs from Bellingham Sex Positive Center, Everett Leather Alliance, Wolf Pack Leather Clan, Leather Azimuth Of Yakima, South Sound Leather Alliance, Leather Archives of Chicago, WSMLO, SML, SWOL, SboL, SgoL, Sea-PAH and the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle to name a few. Julia Kaplan has been the Seattle Leather scene since the late 80’s.  She is a founding member of Outer Limit’s, the long-running Seattle Leatherdyke club, a founding member and co-originator of Powersurge, the 1st International Leatherdyke conference which was held in Seattle; owner of Venus, Seattle alternative clothing store and ran S, a Leatherdyke bar and club in Seattle.

Valley Pride Street Festival - Hosted by Bullet Bar
Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you o bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday, April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will be hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/

Fuk U(niversity)
Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, May 5 at 6 PM. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/

Pantheon nominations to open next week
The nomination process for the Pantheon of Leather Awards will begin on Thursday, April 25 - at the beginning of CLAW. The schedule for this year is: April 25, nominations open; June 10, nominations close; July 11, voting by the public begins; August 13 voting closes; Thursday night, August 30, Pantheon of Leather Awards presented during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack in Dallas, Texas.

Colorado Leather Fest
The Leather Colorado Foundation announced the people competing in this year's contests to be held during Colorado Leather Fest the weekend of May 4-7. For Ms Leather Colorado are Tied Red and Madame Mae, for Mr. Colorado Rubber Sam Lund-Brown, for Mr. Leather Colorado Cubby and Sammy Big D, and for Miss Leather Colorado Ms Hellfire. The weekend will be full of classes, Leather Community Dinner, keynote speech and socializing with the Leather community. For more go to http//www.coloradoleatherfest.com

Sarah Humble will host Inside the Leather Jacket interviews at IMsL
By Lynn S.
On Saturday April 21, Sarah Humble will host an in-depth interview with women in our community as part of the IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation history collaboration series called Inside the Leather Jacket. The goal of the project is learn more about women we have heard about for years, and now get to know them better. For 2018, we will hear from Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org

Timeline of Pup Play
Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than thjat yu will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now? https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

CLAW - Coffee Corps In-Room Coffee Service
The CLAW Coffee Corps, consisting of pups, boys, Alphas, Handlers and Sirs, will be delivering coffee, tea, hugs, pounces and more directly to your hotel room if you are staying at the Westin or Hampton. Service times are from 8-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday only. Signup will be located at a table close to CLAW Registration and delivery times are limited and first come first served. This is free, but tips are very much encouraged and will all go to benefit the CLAW charities. https://www.facebook.com/events/174725263340937/

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New! Trivia Question of the Week



Guy Baldwin's book, Ties That Bind, is ______?

1. About his experience as International Mr. Leather 1989.

2. His autobiography.

3. Erotic fiction centered around Ringold Alley in San Francisco prior to 1979.

4. A compilation of his monthly Drummer column on Leather relationship issues in Drummer Magazine.

5. About declassifying BDSM as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - The lead actor in the controversial movie Cruising which was about a sadistic murderer preying on the clubs and bars of New York in the early 1980s was named? Answer - Al Pacino.

 

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Photo - Terry LeGrand, Born To Raise Hell, Dies - 1939-2018
by Jack Fritscher

Iconic pioneer filmmaker Terry LeGrand (1939-2018) passed at his Hollywood home on April 18. As Marathon Films, Terry produced the great leather classic film “Born to Raise Hell” (1975) directed by Roger Earl starring their discovery, Val Martin, whom “Drummer” editor Jeanne Barney featured on the cover of “Drummer” issue 3. At the infamous LAPD raid of the “Drummer Slave Auction” on April 11, 1976, the intimate friends Terry, Roger, Jeanne, and Val were among the 42 persons arrested. Terry and Roger were longtime friends not lovers, and Terry was the sole owner of Marathon Films. As a producer, Terry was relentless and remarkable. In anti-gay LA, he managed to shoot “Born” in outdoor spaces and at the old Truck Stop bar out in the San Fernando Valley. He and Roger created more than thirty erotic films, most of them leather, and all of them popular. Read the whole story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2012-terry-legrand-born-to-raise-hell-dies-1939-2018

Mr. and Ms Houston Leather results

HTLP presented the 2018 Mr. and Ms Houston Leather Contest on Saturday, April 7 at Resurrection MCC Activities Building with John Blackpheniox Boots and Pepper Arkham winning in Houston, TX. A VIP Party with gumbo, jambalaya and entertainment, a silent auction and raffles with all kinds of Leather, fetish and kink apparel filled out a fun weekend.

Alameda County Leather Corps - beverage booth at SF Pride
The Alameda County Leather Corps has been assigned a beverage booth at SF Pride for Sunday, June 24 at 10 AM - 6 PM. Join one of ACLC's largest fundraising events, as we sell beverages at San Francisco Pride to raise funds to defray ACLC operating costs so that we can keep supporting local charities throughout the year. San Francisco Pride, 1841 Market Street, Fl Fourth, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/395413674254710/

Over 100 Skills and Educational classes at CLAW
There will again be well over 100 Skills and Educational classes at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. The categories are Mummification, Predicament, Rope, Vac-sealing, Activism, Cigars, Consent, Contests, Community Discussion, History, Self Defense, Perspectives, Roleplay, Boots, Fantasy Fulfillment, Ass Play, First Aid, Hypnotism, Mental Health, Breath, Humiliation, Pup Community/Hander/Mosh, Fisting, Knives, Nipple Play, Protocol, Scat, Science of BDSM, Saline Infusion, Sex Tech, Travel, Cock and Balls, Electro, Fire, Impact, Knives, Needle Play and Wax. These categories have several workshops under them. For details on what gets you hot, go to https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/se-listing-simple

CA B&B Corps los angeles - Gear Swap Gear Night
Gear Swap Gear Night will be hosted by the California B&B Corps: los angeles chapter on Friday, April 20 at 9 PM at Eagle LA. Leather, Boots, Uniforms for sale at bargain prices swap meet style. $5 suggested donation benefiting the ONE Archives, Tom of Finland Foundation and the CA B&B. The California B&B Corps will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1098801190260008/

ABW to announce judges during CLAW

The announcement of this year's American Brotherhood Weekend judges will be during CLAW weekend, ABW is running a promotion to make it easier to bring a friend or partner - for free. Visit ABW's ticketing system at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-annual-american-brotherhood-weekend-2018-tickets-37545987058 and select ticket type BOGO April Fools Promotion, and you'll receive two weekend packages for the cost of one. This promotion is in effect only from April 1-April 28; space is limited, and these will go fast, so register early. ABW will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests.

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

I Caught a Big Fish!
I Caught a Big Fish! - An all day intensive on rope, breath play, and water will be held at a private location on July 7 in Placerville, CA. Inspired by an impromptu swimming pool scene, Ms Rhonda and her big fish tomo will present skills to safely combine rope, breath play, and water. The fee is $50 per person. I Caught a Big Fish! includes classes, printed materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Pool and hot tub are clothing optional. Check out https://www.kinkedproductions.com/events


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Divine Deviance documentary will participate in Give Out Day
On April 19, the Divine Deviance documentary will participate in Give Out Day, the largest single day online fundraising event for the LGBTQ communities and supportive allies. We're proud that our documentary series about kink, fetish and BDSM around the world joins with hundreds of dynamic nonprofits from around the country on this very important day -- one that is designed to stimulate much needed philanthropic support at a time of year when it is typically quite hard for nonprofits to bring on new donors. On Give Out Day, we invite you -- our friends and followers who believe in the power of documentary film -- to join with us as new and renewed supporters for 2018. Donate at https://www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/a/divine%20deviance

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Leather Archives new exhibit at CLAW
Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum, April 26-29. This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from CLAW. The Leather Archives & Museum Road Show appears at major Leather/Kink events around the country throughout the year. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Illinois Leather Alliance
Illinois Leather boy: Adam, Pup Mischief. Illinois Puppy: Pupper Gazer, Illinois Trainer: Master JonMuch respect and appreciation to: Viper, Pup Diesel, Pup Iko. A huge thank you to our volunteers, judges and staff, who made the transition to.  the Center on Halsted and the entire weekend a success! You are the reason this event can happen. Thank you to our sponsors and benefactors: Touche, Center on Halsted, Full Kit Gear, Spunk Lube, Windy City Boys Troop, Cellblock. Thanks to you all who were so generous for supporting our travel fund - we have $1,035 for our title family to travel on to GLLA 2018 and the state.

Iron Pup contest in Austin
By Pup Atlas and Handler Toby McClellan
The Iron Pup contest is being held at the Iron Bear in Austin, TX. It's the year of the Dog!  It's time for Pups to celebrate! So lets get together and have a night of fun!  The Iron Pup contest night will feature a silent auction, vendors, a rope demo (for all you good pups who like to be bad), and roving sellers of jello shots. The goal of the contest is to celebrate the pup culture in Austin and serve as a feeder to South Central Pup and Handler. All 21-and-up pups, regardless of gender, are encouraged to come out and/or enter the contest.  Lots of scritches and tummy rubs will be had. The contest itself will be held during Austin Gears' Gear Night.  Fabulous emceeing and a performance will be done by Cheeki Kahnt. Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701. https://www.facebook.com/TheIronBearATX/

Leather District in SOMA
A web site has been set up to share meeting announcements, documents, and open discussion about the proposed Leather Cultural District in the South Of MArket district of San Francisco. The next meeting of the Governance Committee is set for Monday, April 23 at 1:30 PM at San Francisco City Hall - Room 250, San Francisco, CA 94103. Several meetings have already been held. Everyone who shows up will have the opportunity to speak before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. This is the next step in passing the legislation. If the Supervisors on the Land Use Committee vote for the resolution, it will then proceed to a vote at the full Board of Supervisors the following week. Supervisors Katy Tang, Jane Kim and Ahsha Safai are the supervisors on the committee. To find out when and where meetings are held and their agendas visit it now at http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org (Hosting provided by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.)

Butchmanns Experience - Pansexual Butchmanns
Butchmanns Experience will present Pansexual Butchmanns the weekend of April 27-29 at APEX (Arizona Power Exchange) in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/

IMsBB IMsL producer thank 2017 titleholders
Thank you Girl Complex, IMsL 2017, and Elisa, IMsBB 2017, for an amazing year. Thanks for all the work and being your complete and fierce selves as you moved through the Leather, kink, BDSM and larger vanilla communities! We are proud of you and enjoy your step down weekend. Next weekend the 20th International Ms Bootblack with be sashed, patched and medaled in San Jose, CA. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org

Judge Strikes Down Sodomy Law in Trinidad and Tobago
By Rashima Kwatra for OutRight Action International
On April 12, Judge Devindra Rampersad of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act are unconstitutional as applied to adult consensual acts, a motion that stands to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. A final judgement and exactly what happens to these laws will be made in July. A lawsuit to challenge the colonial-era sodomy laws was filed in February 2017 by Jason Jones against the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago. Jones, an LGBTIQ activist in both his native country of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom, claimed that these two sections violate his right to privacy and freedom of expression. https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/judge-rules-buggery-law-unconstitutional-trinidad-and-tobago

ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night 2018, hosted by Not 1 More Campaign - Silence is Violence, will be held at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. This is a live charity auction event benefiting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/


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Women's International Leather Legacy
Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and Wi-Fi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

Southern Most Puppy 2019
Pup Nuke won the Southern Most Puppy April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Congrats to Pup Apollo who was the runner-up. The judges were Angela Longstreet, Pup Scooter, Sire Canis, Thomas Burton, and Sister Di. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust. Saturday included interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940.

South Plains Leather Fest - 30th Anniversary

The 30th Anniversary of the International Master/slave and Contest will be March 7-10 in Dallas, Texas. A little over one month has passed since we celebrated South Plains 20th Anniversary with one the best South Plains ever. But its now time to turn our attention to 2019. One of the first things we do is develop the pool from which we will select our 2019 presenters and we'd like our South Plains family to help us out. So if you've heard presenters you would like to see at South Plains 2019 let us know and we will add them to the pool. http://www.SouthPlainsLeatherFest.com

Coastal Empire Sentinels - Pigs on the River
The Coastal Empire Sentinels' 2018 Leather Run, Pigs on the River will be held April 20-22. Contact The Rivers Edge in Dewy Rose, GA for cabin or tent reservations at 706-213-8081. The members of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. are all members of the leather subculture and choose to stand together as brothers and sisters. We strive to represent the concept of community and to exemplify fellowship and harmony. The supporting of charitable causes is fundamental to the existence of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/events/150796199036934/

CLAW XVIII - Three silent auctions
Three silent auctions feature hundreds of bargains and one-of-a-kind items. Don’t miss the reprise of Master Sponsor Square Peg Toys’ Land of Misbegotten Toys, where near perfect silicone butt toys can be had for a fraction of their regular cost. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and the Square Peg sale are donated to CLAW community charities. CLAW gladly accept donations of all kinds.  See our website or contact for more information. The CLAW registration package includes: Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/



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tabitha imsbb contestant 2015Name: slave tabitha arie
Current Title: None past title: Southwest Bootblack 2009
City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Website (if any)  askmenetwork.com,  Facebook: /AskMe Network, Twitter: @AskMeNetwork

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
•    Team lead for graphic design and bootblack lounge for the Southwest Leather Conference (SWLC)
•    Always bootblacking at many local events such as Mr. Phoenix Leather and Southwest Leather Sir/boy & Community Bootblack

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
It would have to be my Red Sugar Fluevogs gifted to me by my Master. They are my high femme boots.  For bar wear (I am usually bootblacking), I love to wear my 16 inch Carolina Linesman Boots.  Both pairs make me feel powerful in different ways.

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant tabitha: I am being sponsored by Fantasies in Leather from Georgia, which in owned and operated by Archer and Elegant, both are fabulous craftsman. They sell beautiful custom leather and metal items. Elegant and I have become fast bootblack friends since I have started being part of Southwest Leather Conference.
My other sponsor is RnB Leather owned by Robert Schenberg.  Robert is a great person and gives so much to the local Phoenix community. He deserves your support.  I am so happy to have both sponsoring me this year. He just recently opened up a storefront...and he sells Huberd's!
Websites:
www.fantasiesinleather.com and www.etsy.com/shop/FantasiesInLeather
www.rnbleather.com

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IMsL/IMsBB 2014 judges announced

IMsL New LogoInternational Ms Leather and International Ms Boot Black 2014 (IMsL/IMsBB) will be held April 24-27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA

International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack are under the new ownership of Pat Baillie and Sharrin Spector..

Traditionally, the judges for IMsL/IMsBB and tallies are announced at the Ms San Francisco Leather contest and this year was no exception.

 

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ccreaneimagesHS4MediaAbove: Christina Court (center) is surrounded by documentary participants on the red carpet debut of her award winning documentary High Shine.

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

After IMsL’s 25th Anniversary, Jayson Daboi (a bootblack and IMsBB 2010 ) felt it was time to tell their story, the Journey of the International Ms Bootblacks. He wanted to tell the story of how significant it was to be a female-identified bootblack, and how they had impacted and made changes in the Leather Community...he and his good friend, L.e. LeGirl, another Leather Community Member, wanted to bring it into part of the 15 year IMsBB Celebration. They had come up with a proposal that included the Documentary. They weren’t sure how they were going to do it, but they began the process anyway. L.e. LeGirl dedicated herself to the fundraising, having Leather & Lace parties all across the country. They wanted to be able to have as many IMsBB as they could, interviewed on film, and their stories told.  In late 2011, Jayson Daboi approached Christina Court about making the documentary, and she agreed to take on the endeavor which included, coordination, research and production of "The Bootblack Film". It became a second job, spanning just over 3 years to completion this year, 2015.

SEE FULL PHOTO GALLERY OF HIGH SHINE RED CARPET HERE!

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

To understand what it takes to make this Documentary, you have to remember, film was in different formats, and at various places.  There was dated film that reached all the way back to 1986 that was located in storage units in Berkeley. There were boxes of film in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone had to go get it. Christina had no idea of what some of the old film had on it, was it even salvageable, was it even useable...This Project also included getting as many IMsBB Bootblacks together and recording the stories of willing IMsBB Bootblacks. Then taking these various montages, and combining it all together into one film. With the help, coordination and assistance of various individuals, the dream making a documentary of International Ms Bootblacks became a reality, and High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack was born.

Last month, “High Shine” finally made it's debut at the Cinekink Festival in New York City. In attendance were many of the individuals that not only helped bring the film together, such as L.E. LeGirl, but also a few of the International Ms Bootblacks, including the first of the IMsBB Titleholders, Leslie Anderson, IMsBB 2011 kd aka Katie Diamond, who also designed the challenge coin that is used as the logo, and Pony, IMsBB 2009.  Making a documentary is not an easy task, it takes tireless dedication, unwavering focus, a lot of help and a lot of time.

I decided to sit down with Christina Court to discuss what brought her to making this her first film, how she got through it, and a few insights into the process and just what it took to make this Documentary.

 

Q: Why did you make this particular Documentary on Female Bootblacks, or what inspired you to make this particular Documentary?

The better question is who inspired me to make a documentary about female-identified bootblacks...and that would be IMsBB 2010 Jayson DaBoi and IMsBB 2009 Pony.

In 2011-2012, I assisted then-IMsL owner Glenda Rider and the folks at Kink Academy with some of the storyboarding aspects of Sisterhood of the Sash, a film short that profiled the International Ms Leather Titleholders. I came into the project toward the very end, as they were making a push toward meeting the CineKink 2012 deadline.  I loved working on the film project and working with Graydancer, who was the film's editor. After CineKink 2012, Glenda began to talk about the IMsBB Documentary that L.E. LeGirl and Jayson DaBoi proposed to her as part of a larger IMsBB XV Celebration. I agreed to help with the research/directing/storyboarding aspects of the film.  It was at the GLLA (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) Weekend that I sat with Jayson DaBoi and smoked cigars until 4am, and agreed to take on the project.

 

Q: I would like for you to shed some light on how hard it was to make this Documentary...and what are some of the things you had to do in putting this story together?

I started doing the research for this film in August 2011. I live less than 15 minutes away from Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), which is an exceptional advantage to me as a researcher. From 2011 through August 2013, I was also serving on the IMsL staff as the Historian and Archivist. Holding this role in tandem helped simply because it was my "job" to track down lost and rare IMsL organization materials...and I still have some "on loan" media materials that I utilized in the High Shine film that, within the next two years, will also end up at LA&M for future researchers and scholars. I spent much of my "free time" seeking out materials, converting footage from antiquated media sources.  

Then on to the interviews of the IMsBB Alumni. Most people don't realize that, to prepare for a massive, six-person film crew, one-time film shoot like we did at IMsL 2013 requires a heap of planning and organization and knowledge of the subject's backgrounds. Nine of the IMsBB alumni were in attendance, and I needed to know a bit of each of their stories, what their title year looked like, all before we put a camera on them or set foot in the IMsL 2013 hotel. Much of this information was buried within unconverted VHS tapes or without a centralized depository of images, articles, etc., it becomes a wild and challenging mystery.

I've read every single piece all the way down to the grocery lists scribbled on scratch paper.  I have watched every IMsL contest I could locate. In order to utilize old footage, which was mostly stored on VHS and mini discs, I needed to convert everything and do some sound and image editing before even considering whether or not they were "usable" in the High Shine film. These media conversions alone have taken hours upon hours, and I did them at night and on weekends when I wasn't working my full-time professional job. On average, since late 2011, I've worked between 30-40 hours a week on something related to IMsL or IMsBB history…

 

Q: Are there particular moments or people in the film that you feel we should really pay attention to in the Documentary?

I think it all depends on the motivation that brings a person to watch the film--each person walks away learning something "new," even if they've been in the Leather Community a long while or just trying to understand what some of this "Leather stuff" is about.

What strikes me the most about the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) and female-identified Bootblack "story" is how those who hear the calling to be a Bootblack work and support one another, and I am often stunned and humbled by just how close knit the Leather community Bootblacks are with one another. On a different, level, I find that the stories that the IMsBB’s tell about busting through barriers in the gay male Leather community to be inspiring and empowering...and the changes that have happened in terms of female accessibility to Leather space has been fast and furious over the past 15 years.

 

ccreaneimagesHS9MediaQ: Throughout the film, were there any in particular bootblacks that have touched or inspired you on a personal level?

The first International Ms Leather Leslie Anderson (IMsBB 1999) and I have worked closely together over the years on the High Shine film and within the Leather Archives & Museum's Leather Preservation & Conservation Project. In watching her work, I see the amount of research needed to keep our Leather alive--and not just research about leathers, but about so many aspects of the Leather Community. Loving Leather also requires someone to learn their Leather history, and Leslie embodies this.

 

Q: Was there anything in particular that you personally learnt about Bootblacking?

While making this film, I learned so much from delving so deep into Bootblack history and bootblacking.  What's most striking to me was that I quickly learned that I couldn't separate the art and act of bootblacking from the Bootblack her/him/hirself.  While there are some basic techniques, some standardized tools and beloved products, Bootblacks don't do everything the same. In fact, more than one person I interviewed said, "Ask 10 Bootblacks a question, and you'll get 20 answers in reply."

 

Q: And in making this Documentary, how has doing this changed you, if it has?

First, let me say this: I absolutely loved having the honor of interviewing the IMsBBs and talking with so many Bootblacks. Bootblacks give in amazing ways. Interviewing them and then reviewing,  and spending so much time with the footage containing their stories of joys and sorrows has filled me in ways that are nothing less than spiritual. I will always be grateful for those whom we interviewed, and those having the courage to be so vulnerable and open to me and my team.

Trust me: it's not easy working a full time job, then coming home to try and work on a film that's financially breaking you... I think it's also important to be very honest about this experience. Since 2011, I have gained 70 pounds from sitting at my professional management job, then going home and sitting and working on editing and media conversions until 1am nightly.  My back went out on me in August 2014, and I ended up bedridden for almost two weeks. I took unpaid leave of absence from work specifically to get through a particularly research-heavy section of the film between 2013 and 2014.  It is exceptionally hard to try and work through rich and empowering footage, all the while bill collectors call. In essence, this film has made me "Leather Strong".

 

Q: Why did you choose Cinekink as your first place to debut the Documentary?

CineKink was the "obvious" choice for debuting High Shine for two specific reasons. It was where the first film project upon which I worked, Sisterhood of the Sash, debuted. For me, applying to CineKink and hoping I could do my world premiere at CineKink NYC, was a coming home and a full circle journey of sorts, and I am so pleased that things unfolded as they did.

It was at CineKink Chicago where I saw Mike Skiff's film, Kink Crusaders for the first time. It is a documentary about the IML experience and the IML 2008 contest, and I loved it. I remember watching the film and wondering why the International Women's contests didn't have anything equivalent and thinking that Leatherwomen should work to change that fact. Little did I know that, shortly thereafter, I'd be involved in creating that change and that, in 2013, I'd be working with Mike Skiff himself to create a feature-length film about female-identified Bootblacks and the IMsBB Title.

 

Q: Now that the film has been completed and it is out there to be seen by the public, how would you like it to impact people?

I think the best narrators are invisible to the story being presented. Now that the film is finished and being shared, it's my hope that, during a viewing of my film, I am forgotten...that would be the highest compliment for me to receive. In fact, after seeing the film, rather than turning and thinking of me, it's my greatest hope that folks turn and think about whether or not they've been tipping Bootblacks the amount of money that they're truly worth and giving Bootblacks the degree of respect they deserve.

 

Q: What do you want the current or future women, who are interested in bootblacking to know, understand or learning from this Documentary?

I wish for anyone who feels that they have a Bootblack Heart or the bootblacking bug to embrace that part of themselves, and never be embarrassed to reach out to another Bootblack. I find this generosity of time and spirit consistent with most Bootblacks I meet.  In learning the art, they hold onto the traditions of mentors and those who've passed, and in being such an inclusive bunch that often sees the "Bootblack" identity before sex, gender, orientation or presentation, they illustrate what could be the future for Leather, and in caring for others' Leather wear.


Q: Do you see yourself making any other Documentaries in the near future? or will you take a different film avenue?

Now that I've finished High Shine, I can also begin to move through a backlog of other interviews of Leather community members I've filmed (or inherited from previous videographers) for the LA&M Fireside Chat series, and I can begin to dive full throttle into the IML video production work needed to make the 2015 contest visuals look sexy as hell.

I have many "dream" documentaries I'd love to create and share with our community, so let's see what's ends up on my plate next. What I do know is that having the intent to provide a voice to people and resources that may otherwise be overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood.

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:32

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: IrishGrrl

IrishName : IrishGrrl
Current Title : Ms. Texas Leather 2015
City, State Oakland, Ca.

Website (if any) https://bootblackingbabe.wordpress.com

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Southplains Leatherfest
IMsL
Folsom Street Fair

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
Jump Boots!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant IrishGrrl: My sponsor is Texas Leather Productions, owned by Jeffrey Payne, International Mr. Leather 2009.

Texas Leather has produced International Mr. Leather and International Ms. Leather titleholders. There is a rich history in the Leather Titleholder Community, and Texas Leather works to promote the continuation of learning, sharing, educating, honoring, and working together to keep our rich history alive.

Texas Leather Productions

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IMSL Contestant LasciviousJaneName: LasciviousJane

Current Title: Ms Philadelphia Leather 2015

City, State: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Twitter @LasciviousJane
Instagram @Lascivious_Jane
FetLife @LasciviousJane
www.facebook.com/lasciviousjane

Regular community events that you produce or participate: I produce, perform and Emcee for Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret with Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque. Our monthly show is the only regularly occurring kinky show in Philadelphia! Nearly every show benefits a local organization.

I am excited to be one of the Entertainment Coordinators, and the Emcee, for my club Queer Leather Alliance’s big fundraiser The Black & Gold Ball
I have been involved with Diabolique Ball Philadelphia’s Fetish Charity Ball for years, as a model, go-go dancer, stage manager, performer, Emcee, and now on the Board of Directors as the Entertainment Coordinator. Each year the Diabolique Ball raises critical funds to help benefit several different organizations in the Philadelphia Community.

 

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: As my favorite Leather item, I would have to pick my blush-pink corset. It’s the first leather corset I ever purchased, the color is amazing and it makes my breasts look fantastic!

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I have many sponsors and supporters in my home community, my official sponsors are the producers of Mr & Ms Philadelphia Leather, the Philadelphians MC with our home bar The Bike Stop. I am also receiving generous support and sponsorship from our local leather craftspeople, Wolf Stryker Leather as well as our local fetish store, Passional Boutique & Sexploratorim. All of these groups have been integral to creating and growing Philadelphia’s vibrant leather community. I am honored that they have allowed me to represent them at International Ms Leather.

 

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VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

DW: My sponsor is Blackout Leather Productions, Inc. They formed in 1997 as the producers of the revitalized Oregon State Leather titles and co-organizers of Oregon Leather Pride Week. In 2011, they added the Oregon State Bootblack title to their contest. It's their mission to make the gay and lesbian leather, BDSM, and fetish communities more visible while combating the prejudices held against them. As the Oregon State Bootblack 2013, I work with them toward this goal by participating on their board, participating in local and regional events, teaching, and raising funds for local charities.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:45

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Bootblack Nona

BOOTBLACK NONA USE

Name: Bootblack Nona

Title: SA Bootblack 2017

City/Country: Cape Town - South Africa

Assist with organising SA Leather social events and the annual leather contest.

Favourite Leather item: My favourite piece of leather is my SA Bootblack South Africa Stole! (Sponsored by Shane Hutchinson of Abraided Leather) The first of its kind to be in South Africa.

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.    I am sponsored by SA Leather South Africa. We are small but powerful group of leather people who are dedicated to the continuous growth in our diversity. We regularly hold workshops so we can educate each other and believe in supporting each other completely. We uphold our constitution with the highest regard and we do our best to give back to the NPOs we support.

My involvement in SA Leather is being part of the committee, to assist with the organising of our contest and being the first bootblack for SA Leather it will be important for me to build a solid foundation for future bootblacks within SA Leather South Africa.

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    My favourite charity is Childhood Cancer Foundation SA - CHOC which supports children who have cancer. My connection with this organisation is from when my sister was diagnosed with a rare tumour; CHOC stepped in to assist us. They were there if we needed emotional support or guidance in any way. During the two years that my sister had treatment I saw how CHOC was there for many families at time when things seemed uncertain.

Annually there is a tattoo-a-thon that I participate in   and this fundraising effort helps to keep Childhood Cancer Foundation SA going so that they can continue to help families. They also see it as a chance to also break the stereotypical view about people with tattoos.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Community service is important because giving back to your community without expecting something back in return helps you grow as a person. I find it up lifting knowing that I have done the right thing by assisting at an event or people in need. I truly believe that the more you give to the community; the more you will get back in ways that you don’t expect.  

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    It’s not only the love of wearing leather, playing in leather and looking after leather that makes me a bootblack but it’s my dedication to the community, being involved in a fundraiser for a charity and to strive to be supportive of the people within community that makes me a bootblack.

Published in International Leather
Friday, 31 March 2017 13:37

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Beau Korvin Black

BeauKorvinBlackLeatherJournalI am Beau Korvin Black.

I live in Seattle, Washington.

You can often find me at the Cuff Complex hanging out with my Leather family and friends.

I am the past Vice President and a current member of the Seattle Boys of Leather. I have recently been one of the hosts for Blood Sweat and Queers; a BDSM play party at the Center for Sex Positive Culture.

My favorite piece of leather would have to be my hunter harness from Bad Daddy Leather.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? 

I am being sponsored by the Washington State Mr Leather Organization (WSMLO). They are the organization who own the titles of the Washington State Leather contest which includes Mr, Ms, and Bootblack titles. Toby Noon is the current president of the board. I am honored to be representing this organization and my state.

I am also honored to be sponsored by Bad Daddy Leather owned by JJ Whitehurst. JJ is the patriarch of my leather family, The Labyrinthine, and a mentor of mine as well. I will be wearing several pieces made by Bad Daddy Leather during the contest.

 

Tell us about your favorite charity.    

The Seattle Area Support Groups is my favorite charity. They have done so much for the greater Seattle community. They offer peer coaching, peer groups, and voucher programs that allow clients and volunteers tickets to various entertainment venues.
The Seattle Boys of Leather volunteered at the tree lot this last December helping prep and sell holiday trees to local community members. They taught us how to operate a chainsaw. I can now say I am officially "Beaver Certified".
Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Having been part of a service oriented leather club for the last four years, I have learned community service is vital. Now more than ever, we need to come together to offer help and support to our friends, family, and community members.
I have a very service oriented heart. I enjoy doing tasks for others. It makes me happy to make others' lives a little easier.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

I am a leather woman who identifies as two-spirit. I am also a bootblack. The two co-exist within me. Being both a leather person and a bootblack to me means having a desire to learn from those who came before me. I also strive to be the best person I can be and to continue to improve daily. I believe strongly in personal responsibility or as my leather family motto states, "Own your shit."
Bootblacking came naturally to me. I enjoy working with my hands and getting dirty. There is something so satisfying about taking a pair of dirty, filthy, sexy boots with a rich history, breathing life back into them so they can play once more.

 

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IMSL Contestant slavegirl marionName: slavegirl marion

Current Title: Oklahoma Ms Leather 2015

City, State: Muskogee, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Regular community events that you produce or participate 1. Oklahoma Ms Leather contest - planning committee member beginning this year; 2. Oklahoma Mr Leather contest - planning committee member since 2012; and 3. Kink Weekend OKC - volunteer and planning committee member since 2013.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: The boots I purchased last year from the IMsL contestant silent auction. I later learned that they had been IMsL 2015, Sarge’s boot camp boots. These boots pair well with the Leather skirt gifted to me by a dear friend.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I have three great sponsors: Xpressions Tulsa LC – Tulsa’s Premiere dungeon, play space, and meeting place, where I have been a volunteer staff member for more than six years; the Tulsa Eagle – the best gay & Leather bar in the Bible belt, my favorite hangout; and the Rose Rock girls of Leather – this great group of people are the producers of the Oklahoma Ms Leather title. The RRgoL participate in an assortment of charity fundraisers; perform various forms of service as a group, and individually, throughout the Leather, kink, BDSM, and vanilla communities.

 

Published in International Leather

ShellyLeatherJournal 1Name: Shelly

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2015

City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Regular community events that you produce or participate: Mr. Pistons contest, Southwest Leather Contest, Leather HEAT.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: I love kilts!

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

Pistons Bar - House Bootblack and regular attendee
Los Angeles Band of Brothers - Booblack for Leather Contests and big fan!
Southland Title Sisters - Member
Southwest Leather Conference - titleholder and regular attendee


 

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:11

Dave Rhodes Hump Day January 31, 2018

 

 

Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
By Tommy Trafelet
Avatar Club los angeles will present an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17. A celebratory gala will be hosted by International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances. A new metal sculpture by Wim Griffith is available as a commemorative for the occasion. On display will be exclusive erotic art from noted artists Wim Griffith, Drubskin, Dean Cameron, Turk McNanty, B.B., Leo Garcia, Don Tingling, Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kirwan, and pieces never seen before. Two no-host bars, a silent auction, and Master of Ceremonies International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau! Special dinner catered by Layne Sanden and special guest chefs. Tickets for the gala are $40 and all information is available at http://www.avatarla.org/35

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