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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:32

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 21, 2018

 

CLAW XVIII - preliminary schedule posted
The preliminary schedule for CLAW XVIII in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29 is now posted. The Leather Family Dinner has been moved to the Great Lakes Science Center. Enjoy dinner under spectacular soaring ceilings with stunning views of the North Coast Harbor. Full museum access is included after dinner. 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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Viola M Johnson giving the keynote address at the 30th Anniversary of the International Ms. Leather Contest Victory Brunch. Her topic was "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants".  Gramma Vi introduced a new generation to those that came before, who were present with them ... in that moment.

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 15:15

The top Leather community stories of 2013

Proposition 8 Overturned Marc Watrel By Dave RhodesAs in every year, there are stories that define a year, mark a change for the better or worse, establish the end or beginning of an era, lend recognition to achievement, or just simply make a statement that cannot be forgotten. Here are ours.

The Leather Journal's Top Story of 2013

US Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 - Marriage-ban states fall like dominoes

Not long after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs who sued to have Proposition 8 reinstated had no standing, enabling same sex marriages to resume in California, marriages resumed.

Only a handful of states allowed same-sex marriage at the beginning of 2013. By the end of the year, 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, permitted same-sex marriage, with a few more likely to change. The last of the bunch, Utah on December 20 because a court judge ruled their same-sex marriage ban that was voter-approved in 2004 is unconstitutional. This was the biggest surprise of all. A dagger was struck into one of the main arteries of the devil that has fought against same-sex marriage.

Published in National Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:30

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Becca Bee

BeccaBeeIMsLpic SizedName: Becca Bee
Current Title: Washington State Bootblack 2014
City, State: Olympia, WA

Website (if any): N/A
Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):
Blood, Sweat, and Queers at the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle, WA
Bootblacking with PDX Bootblacks at Kinkfest in Portland, OR
SEA-PAH Moshes at The Cuff Complex in Seattle, WA.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My high shine 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 Becca: My run is sponsored by Washington State Mr/Ms Leather Organization. 

This is the producing organization for the Washington State Mr/Ms/Bootblack contest held at the end of March at the Cuff Complex in Seattle, WA. 

 

Published in International Leather

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.

Published in Society & Arts

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

Patty: I am honored to have three amazing sponsors!

Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTFF), of which I am a founding member, produces a variety of leather, fundraising and educational events. http://hotfftoronto.com/

Northbound Leather is a Canadian owned and operated leather/fetish business. I was Ms Northbound Leather 2013 and they have continued their generous sponsorship of me as Ms Leather Toronto 2014. http://hotfftoronto.com/

The Black Eagle Toronto has been my “home” for almost a decade. Whether I’ve been running women and trans* events, hosting fundraisers or just being social, the Black Eagle family has been an amazing support. http://blackeagletoronto.com/

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

Patty: I have spent my title year promoting and raising funds for an incredible charity, The Rainbow Railroad (www.rainbowrailroad.ca). In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of the Rainbow Railroad is to help lgbt people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence, murder or persecution.

Published in International Leather

kate-bornstein-keynote-IMSL-2014IMsL Productions is pleased to announce that Kate Bornstein, author, playwright, performance artist, provocateur and gender theorist from New York, will be our 2014 Keynote speaker. She will bring her thoughts, her humor and as always, challenge us to expand our understanding and perceptions. Kate will also serve as one of our judges for the IMsL/IMsBB contest this year.

Many of us discovered Kate with her first book in 1994, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. Kate edited Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation in collaboration with S. Bear Bergman published in 2010, which won the 2011 Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards. Bornstein's autobiography, titled A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir was released May 2012, and in April 2013, Bornstein released My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity.

One of the best parts of the IMsL/IMsBB weekend is the diversity and power of women who span the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Kate, as our key note speaker at the April 24-27, 2014 event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA reflects these principles and this is a rare opportunity to hear Kate speak on the West Coast!

You can read all about Kate at her blog. Register now and be sure to purchase a brunch ticket or sign up for an all-inclusive weekend package so you don't miss this opportunity to see all the ways we are bringing sexy back!

 

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:29

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Marta

Marta LJPhoto1Name: Marta
Current Title(s): Great Lakes Bootblack 2014 & Indiana Bootblack 2014
City, State: Indianapolis, IN

Website (if any): I’m currently working for my Facebook account reactivation after my name was reported in violation of the “real names” policy almost a full month ago.
Fetlife: BootblackPigGrrl
Twitter: @bootblackpigrrl

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Indianapolis Kink Society sloshes at the 501 Eagle, Bootblacking 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays
Indianapolis Bootblacks’ Laboratory potluck and skillshare, Co-founder
Bootblack for many of the 501 Eagle’s leather contests and fundraisers: Including Indiana Sir/boy/Ms/Bootblack, Great Lakes Olympus, Great Lakes Power Exchange, cancer benefits and the High Shine IMsBB documentary fundraiser

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My 17” Chippewa engineer boots. Getting them off at the end of the night still involves pleading, bargaining and cursing but they’re so worth it!

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 Marta: Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend features dozens of workshops, parties and our regional Sir/boy/Ms/Master/slave/Bootblack contests. New this year: Larger hotel with attached waterpark and Great Lakes Puppy/Trainer contest!

Indianapolis Kink Society is the largest kinky social and educational club in Indiana. I’m incredibly thankful for their sponsorship and enthusiastic support of me as group Bootblack.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend provides support, education and service opportunities, sponsors our state-level Indiana leather contests and has generously continued their sponsorship through my International run.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:02

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Stela D. Love

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Stela D. Love

San Francisco, California

Ms San Francisco
Queer Sphere
Russian River Women's Weekend

My leather motor cycle Jacket from 1996.


Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? Ms San Francisco Leather and Queers Sphere are my sponsors.

I work and produce events for both organizations.

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    The SF Emergency Breast Cancer Fund- http://bcef.org/about-us/bcef-story/

This is an organization that helps people who are in financial crises while suffering the hardship of breast cancer. They help with every thing from child care for parents while receiving chemo to keeping the utilities on. I have helped produce "Benefit for the Boob" for several years, for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  All proceeds from the event go to the BCEF. This organization is close to my heart because both of my sisters are survivors of Breast Cancer. I have also lost two good friends to the disease.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    It is vital to the health and well being of our communities. It is important for those of us that have the privilege and ability to help the at risk or disadvantaged. The more we contribute the stronger our community is.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Leather is in my heart and feeds my soul. BDSM is the fabric of my life weaved into every inch of my world. The smell of it does it for me in all the ways.  My leather is a second skin, my armor. My leather family is my chosen family and I would not be who I am today with out them, we work hard and play harder.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    Christy Ford- She is my mentor and family. I owe her a great deal and love the influence she has on my life. Her commitment to community and truth with integrity is unwavering. She can smell bullshit a mile away and is not afraid to call it out. She is a force.

 

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 05:00

IMsL XXVII 2013 Contestant Minion

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

M: My Imsl run is sponsored by Pittsburgh Leather Pride, Inc. PLP was organized to educate the local community about the rich Leather history of the city of Pittsburgh and to choose representatives to add to the legacy of extraordinary leather leaders who's roots reside in our city. PLP organizes the Pittsburgh Leather Pride Weekend every September to showcase the full expression of the LGBTQ community through leather and fetish venues. The weekend is designed also for fellowship and camaraderie.
 

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

M: Both.

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

M:I definitely consider myself more a power exchange participant than as an S/M player. While I am a sexual masochist, play and pain are aspects of my life that I can go for long periods without before I miss it. However, my need to serve and to feel owned and dominated are constant. The major appeal for me in play is the chance to feel tangibly within my partner's power. During the rare instances where I Top, the feeling of my partner letting go and trusting me to take care of them is thrilling. 

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

M: Service, for me, begins and ends with my Master. Though it is said that a submissive is a reflection and representative of their Owner, this goes a step further for me. How well I've served, whether at home or in the community, is determined entirely by my Master's satisfaction and failure of service is decided by his displeasure. At the end of the day, I serve for his pleasure more than anyone else's.

My service to my Master is in thanks for owning me and trying to make me a better person. My service to my community is in gratitude for the community that helped bring us together and help me learn new ways to serve and discover new aspects of myself that I will bring home to my Master. My service begins and ends with my Master and I wouldn't have it any other way!

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

M: My body becomes a puddle of Minion-goo!!  I remember a friend's birthday where another guest and friend of mine wore an ankle-length leather coat with a leather belt tie. I spent most of the evening 'casually' following around behind him hoping to catch the scent of his coat in the bar. Later, when we went out to dinner, he finally handed me his belt tie, in sympathy. I spent the rest of the evening intermittently smelling it. That is my strongest overall memory of that party!!

The basics:
Name: Minion
City, State: Pittsburgh, PA

VT: Regular community events that you regularly participate in?

M: Three Rivers Leather Club Meetings; MAsT-Pittsburgh Meetings;

M: (my favorite leather?) My leather cuff. It's my favorite because it was my first gifted piece of leather. It was given to me by my big Sister Doc, American Leatherwoman 2012.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

M:Recently, I’ve realized that I’m in a unique position of flux, being new enough to vividly remember the awe-inspiring scope of our community while also realizing how far I’ve come from that place of fear and self-doubt. This perspective has helped me in bringing together potential students with compassionate potential teachers and mentors. This is a trend I would like to continue on a larger scale as International Miss Leather. The chance to bring together knowledgeable insight and experienced with fresh eyes and abundant energy is the driving force behind my run and a dream I hold dear.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:36

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Tris

Tris LJProfilePhotoName:  Tris
Current Title:  Washington State Ms Leather 2014
City, State  Seattle, WA

Website (if any):  http://leather-life.com; Facebook: tris.seattle Fetlife:  -Tris-

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):  Evergreen Leather Productions (Production company for Leather Reign); MAsT (Masters And slaves Together, co-director MAsT Marysville 2014 - 2015); The Center for Sex Positive Culture (Paradise Unbound, Education, Fundraising, Marketing, Social Media and Volunteerism)

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear:  My first pair of boots, they are like my second skin!

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 Tris: I have four incredible sponsors!

Washington State Mr. Leather Organization as Washington State Ms. Leather 2014.

Seattle Women in Leather is an organization focused on service, education and mentorship. I am a founding member and the website/social media coordinator.

The Edge Riders Riding Club – Evergreen Chapter are the Platinum Sponsors of Sin in the City 2015 and Leather H.E.A.T. I am an avid rider and founding member.

The South Sound Leather Alliance advocates for the freedom of expression for all members of the Leather community and to explore what it means to be Leather.  I am honored to be a member of such a diverse and outstanding group of individuals.

Published in International Leather
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:26

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 7, 2018

 

 

Centaur MC will be making donations to charities that total $100,000

By Todd White
It is with great pride that I am able to announce that the Centaur Motorcycle Club will be making donations to charities that total $100,000. This years charities are: Leather Archives & Museum, Shepherd Wellness, Moveable Feast, HIPS, Rainbow Railroad, The Leather Heart Foundation, Team DC, Black Gifted and Whole, and Brother, Help Thyself. On behalf of the club I want to thank all the clubs who held special events over the weekend, the local bars, the Hyatt and their amazing staff, and all of this years attendees. It was an amazing year and we look forward to MAL 2019. I can't say it enough but a big thank you to my club brothers you are an amazing group of men and I am so proud that you call me brother. I love you all and you deserve a huge pat on the back. In brotherhood, Todd White - President Centaur MC.

Published in Editorial
Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:18

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Thomas

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Thomas

Oakland
California

Events where you'll find me:
IMsL every year forever!
Folsom Street Fair & Dore
Society of Janus events

My Vest is my best leather buddy! We go everywhere together. I recrafted it myself from a thrift store find and have loved it real hard over the years. It was my first and might always be my favorite leather.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? My run is sponsored by three amazing groups: Since I announced my intention to start a online sexuality forum, LeatherLand, I have had the pleasure of intercoursing with Rubber Women of San Francisco, Rough Cut Leather, and Wicked Grounds, all of whom provide our community with safe  spaces to celebrate our sexuality and express our kinks freely. They each do this while improving leather awareness and providing instruction in skill sets to help kinksters cope in the world. I'm elated to work with them for years to come.

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    My favorite charity would have to be The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom which started in 1997 and helps members of sexual minorities with legal problems. As a law student, I know the importance of organizations which provide assistance on a judicial level. If you need help contact them at ncsfreedom.org

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Volunteering for the community is how I got my start in leather. Believe it or not, I get freaked out in a crowd at times. Service is where I find peace. Knowing that I have a purpose has always been the cure for my anxiety. How do I feel about community service? I feel like it is vital for socialphobes and it makes the leather world go round!

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Holding leather womanhood and bootblacking labels are ways I care for my self-esteem. I hold these labels dear because they make me feel pride and pride in oneself is key to my mental self-care.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    Joan Jett is my favorite leather woman. She has supported our community since entering the scene in her early career. Her music provided me with a feeling of inclusion in the most lonely parts of my leatherwalk, like her I don't give a damn about my reputation. That song's video is a re-enactment of 23 record labels rejecting her first solo album and her subsequent rise to the top, similar to the many rejections I faced in my early leatherwalk and my subsequent inclusion into the leather scene through IMsL.

Published in International Leather

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
Sunday, 08 September 2013 11:36

Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather to be named in October

You are formally invited to enjoy fun and debauchery in the corn fields of Iowa October 4-6, 2013 in the form of the 25th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend. The titles to be awarded during the weekend will be Mr. Iowa Leather and for the first time, Ms Iowa Leather. Unlike most contests that combine the contests into one day, Iowa Leather will host the Ms Iowa Leather competition on Friday, October 4 and the Mr. Iowa Leather contest on Saturday Oct 5. A continuing tradition is the partnership with Le Chateau Exotique as the official Leather vender and Liberty Gifts as the official lube and toys vendor.

Judges for the Ms Iowa Leather contest will include Elena Franco, owner/producer Heart of America Leather Weekend, & Producer Kink-U Kansas City; Sarha, International Ms Leather 2013; Mike Pagano, cofounder of Titans of the Midwest and Mr. Iowa Leather 2011; His Most Imperial Majesty, Matthew ‘Wait for it’ Aspire, Emperor for Reign XX of the Imperial Court of Iowa; and Her Most Imperial Majesty Muffy Rosenberg, Empress for Reign XX of the Imperial Court of Iowa. Mark Turnage, Mr. Iowa Leather 2013, will be MC for the evening and Pup Itus will be the tally master.

The Blazing Saddle will be the host for the 25th anniversary of the Mr. Iowa Leather contest. The winner of this contest will go on to represent Iowa at International Mister Leather XXXVI competition in Chicago, IL May 2014. The panel of judges for this year's MIAL contest will be Chad Neil, co-founder KC boys of Leather, Chester Munroe, former Mr. Chicago leather, Sir Papa Bear, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2013, Jesse Driscoll, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2013, former Mr. Blazing Saddle, executive board member Titans of the Midwest, and Mr. Friendly - Team Iowa co-founder, and Mark Turnage, Mr. Iowa Leather 2013 and Top 20 IML XXXV contestant. The emcee will be David Watt, founder of the Mr. Friendly program and former Mr. Michigan Leather. The tally master will be Pup Itus and the den daddy for the evening is John Jack Trujillo. 

A Victory Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 6 at the Blazing Saddle at noon. The Iowa Leather travel fund will be the beneficiary for the Victory Beer Bust fundraiser held at the Blazing Saddle at 2 PM.

Anyone interested in competing should contact any Iowa Leather staff member or former title holder for the application. Applications may also be downloaded from the Blazing Saddle website.

 

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