Name: Micky Rebel
Title: Oregon State Bootblack, 2015
City/ State: Portland, Oregon
Co-Producer of PDX BootLab
Volunteer for Portland Pets and Handlers and was a board member for 3 years.
Bootblacks regularly on the PDX Bootblack stand at The Eagle Portland
Favorite Leather/fetish Item: My collar, it took me 4 years of service to my Sir to earn it.
Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? o I am proud to be sponsored by Blackout Leather Productions, the producer of the Oregon State Leather Contest. BLP raises funds for charitable organizations in our local community, hosts the Rose and Thorn awards to honor outstanding Leather people, and supports their titleholders to go on to represent Oregon in international competitions. Come and join us for the 2017 Mr. Oregon State Leather, Ms. Oregon State Leather, Oregon State Bootblack and Oregon State Puppy contests August 11-13th. http://blackoutleather.org/
Tell me about your favorite charity. o While there are many organizations that I support, one of my favorites is Outside In. It is an organization dedicated to helping homeless youth and other marginalized people in the greater Portland Metro area move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. They do this through providing medical care, mental health treatment, advocacy and connecting individuals with the services they need to live the lives they want. Outside In caters to the specific needs of under-served populations like the LGBTQIA community and the homeless. They even have programs to help homeless pets. http://outsidein.org/
Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service. o Service is a gift and every contribution counts, from donating a few dollars to a worthy cause, seeing an opportunity to help out at an event, or holding a position on the board of an organization. Volunteering has helped me maintain greater focus and reach higher goals. I’m so fortunate to come from a community that values service so favorably and shows gratitude to those that give.
What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack? o I found my identity as a Leather Woman through developing myself as a Bootblack. Before learning to bootblack, I rarely interacted with others. I was painfully shy. My Sir insisted that I learn the trade, indicating, “It will be good for you.” As a result, bootblacking has radically changed my life. I began to notice how I could be of use to others and my inward focus reflected outward through volunteering. Through these acts of service to my Sir and my Community, I found myself. I am now a confident Leather Woman and accomplished Bootblack in all areas of my life.
Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why? o I could pick any number of Leather Women pioneers who have pursued equality and promoted bootblack visibility as my favorite Leather Woman. I appreciate all those contributions with my whole heart; however, my favorite Leather Woman is my friend Jesbian. I look up to her in so many ways. She gives beautiful service, she is young but accomplished and represents the contributions of the next generation that is so hungry to engage in leadership roles. Jesbian consistently seeks out littles and critters to make space for individuals that often don’t have a refuge in leather spaces. She is fun, witty, kind and caring. She is someone that I love dearly and respect enormously. She positively impacts the lives of every person she meets in every corner of the world. She is Leather.
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? o What concerns me most about the media coverage of Leather Culture is the lack of accurate representation and over-sexualization of what we do. Yes, we are kinky fuckers who love to play but there is so much more to Leather. It’s the values of honesty, integrity, community and service that bind us together. If we want this perception to change we need to be visible and vocal about the way we live our lives. I am out and proud about my affiliation with Leather, every day. I take the teachable moments as they arise. I enjoy teaching others what I know, giving them reliable resources and contacts to help them in their own journeys, regardless if Leather is their path.
In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title? o I am a Femme Rebel Bootblack that isn’t afraid to love wingtip heels on the stand. I will endeavor to represent the entirety of the Leather community, not just those individuals who happen to be similar to me. I would like to travel extensively within North America and abroad. I will be a presence in a variety of spaces and increase Leather Femme visibility. I will remind us all that Leather started because of a desire to have fun and get laid. I will shape the future with the traditions of the past.
What do you say to those who think there are too many titles and that it has diluted the meaning of holding a title? o Holding a title can be as meaningful as the titleholder makes it. What dilutes the meaning of the title is not using it make positive changes. A title is a figurehead, a point of reference for others to see a representation of the work so many individuals are doing. It is the function of the titleholder to uphold and exemplify leather values. When the titleholder does not pursue a common goal or reflect how change can improve our future, then the title does loose meaning. When titleholders are actively working to promote positivity and inclusion in their community; we need them to continue the great work they are doing.