TLJ-VT: Tell me about your favorite charity.
My favorite charity is the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. I appreciate the way they fight for social justice on so many fronts, recognizing the intersectionality of various communities and the multi-dimensional nature of human beings. I also appreciate that they continue to honor their roots in the Leather community with the annual Leather Leadership Award at their Creating Change Conference. They don’t do this in a quiet way either. They present the award on stage at the beginning of one of the plenary sessions, with a color guard comprised of conference attendees and local Leather community members. For a non-profit, making such a public declaration could potentially be devastating for their funding. In this way, I feel they are a fine example of walking your talk.
TLJ-VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.
I'm a huge fan of community service! Community service has been a part of my life longer than I’ve been a part of this community. Community service is a way to give back. In any community one belongs your city, a hobby group, or the leather community it is important to do what you can when you can. Not everyone can donate money or even items to charities for the communities they are a part of, but everyone can donate their time and abilities for the greater good. I can't think of a better way to serve mankind then community service.
TLJ-VT: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?
I'm a Leather woman because of the way I choose to live my life. I choose to live my life using a framework and structure that speaks to my values around service, tradition, and family. What are often seen as the most classic rules of the Leather community may not apply to me exactly as they were then, but taking what works for me and mine and applying that to the here and now is what makes me a Leather woman.
TLJ-VT: Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?
Wow, that is a question I cannot answer…well not with just one person. I've been very fortunate to meet many Leather women across the country and around the world. Each of them has left some mark on the woman I am today. I can’t narrow that down. To me that would not do justice to all of the support, love, and growth I've received from the many Leather women in my life.
TLJ-VT: What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional & social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?
The most dangerous mis-information that I come across is the idea that as an s-type (bottom/slave/submissive/etc) you don't have much say in how your scene or relationship develops or evolves. The way I have chosen to combat that is by telling people who approach me asking questions about coming into the community as an s-type that you always have the right to say no. It doesn’t matter if you have entered into a Master/slave dynamic, have signed a contract, or have agreed to a particular scene, you have the right to say no at any point in time. And if the person you're with does not respect your no, then you need to get away from them as quickly as you can.
TLJ-VT: In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title?
I will continue to do what I have been doing for more than a decade, I will continue to make myself available to those who seek information. I will clearly, openly, and honestly share my story about my experiences and adventures in this community.
TLJ-VT: What do you say to those who feel that the Title system is outdated and no longer necessary?
While some people may feel that titles/the title system is outdated and unnecessary, I disagree. To me it seems that the community, as it evolves, is creating titles that more fully reflect the range of diversity present in our culture today. For myself, when I embark on a new sojourn, I tend to look for faces in the crowd that are, ideally, reflections of myself or characteristics that are familiar, desirable, and welcoming to me. When looking at this community, a person can have some sort of reference point to at least begin their search, by looking to the diverse array of titleholders present today.