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Pat Baillie to Receive National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 2014 Leather Leadership Award

By January 09, 2014

Patpicnew2 WebThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has announced that Pat Baillie will receive the organization's Ninth Annual Leather Leadership Award at the Task Force's 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Over 4,000 leaders and activists are expected to attend the conference, which will be held in Houston, January 29 to February 1.

"We are very proud to honor Pat's long dedication to and leadership in our movement," said Rea Carey, Task Force executive director. "Pat's exemplary career in the Air Force and as a rock-solid pillar of the Leather community inspires all of us to do more, to do it better and to stay the course."

The award will recognize Baillie's more than three decades of leadership and activism within and on behalf of the Leather community. Among many other achievements, she is International Ms Leather 1995, a founder of Leather Women United, a Vice Chair of the National Leather Leadership Conference and in September 2013 became co-producer of the International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack Contest. See editors note for biography."

 

IMsL 2009 Past Titleholders By Dave Rhodes WebBaillie is the second woman to receive the prestigious award, which is accompanied by a $5,000 honorarium. Prior recipients include Leather luminaries Guy Baldwin, Tony DeBlase, Hardy Haberman, Chuck Renslow, Dave Rhodes, Graylin Thornton, Viola Johnson and Race Bannon.

“It’s a unique privilege to stand in front of thousands of LGBT activists and receive the Leather Leadership Award,” said Race Bannon, recipient of last year’s award. “It’s the nation’s oldest LGBT civil rights organization recognizing the contributions of the Leather community to the larger movement for equality.”

Pat Baillie is a genderqueer Leather boy born from California. After 12 years of Catholic school and retiring from the military, she learned to follow orders, respect authority and the value of service. After graduating from Cal State University, Northridge with an M.A. in Physical Education, Pat joined the Air Force in 1978. On her first assignment, she found the Phoenix Levi and Leather Club who showed her how to create communities through service and found the Leather community. She retired in 1993 and roared out of the closet.

On her day job, she has been an educator, government contractor and since 2008 has been the Director of Training and Professional Development at Out and Equal Workplace Advocates. On the community side, she is Ms San Jose Leather 1995, International Ms Leather (IMsL) 1995, co-president of Albuquerque Pride, and created Leather Women United (LWU) to work with local Leather communities.

thekiss WebShe received the 1997 Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year award, headed the 2007 Consent Counts National Survey and was Vice Chair of the Leather Leadership Conference. She lives in Oakland with her Lady and partner, Sharrin and her Leather family. In September, Pat and Sharrin, purchased the IMsL/International Ms Bootblack contest event where she hopes to continue supporting Leatherwomen through education, building leadership skills, and preserving women¹s Leather history. To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
visit and follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.