IMsL 2017 Contestant: Alaina - The Leather Journal

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Alaina

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Alaina

Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2016

Philadelphia, PA

I produce a monthly gear event called Clutch at The Bike Stop

My favorite piece of leather is my harness boots.


Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about all your Sponsors (feel free to include a copy of their logos and a urls to their websites) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.   The Bike Stop owns the Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia titles. Their owners and staff are like family to me. Thebikestop.com
Philadelphians MC produce the Philadelphia Leather contest and I am an associate of the club. Philadelphiansmc.org
The Leather Man creates custom pieces for me. Theleatherman.com

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    Youth charities have long been my focus, but there’s a new organization that I have been focusing on lately, the LGBTQ Home for Hope, that has really galvanized the community. The only LGBTQ homeless shelter in Philadelphia, it is a 37-bed facility that also aids those in recovery and is funded exclusively from private donations.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I feel that community service is an integral part of the leather community, especially as a title holder, and it is enriching to me to be a part of a group that I believe is like-minded. Community service is the most rewarding aspect of being a titleholder.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Leather and kink have been a part of my entire adult life. Forgive me for being trite, but I think that I was born this way. Being able to participate in the community has allowed me to be a teacher, a leader and resource which is truly what's at the heart of being a leather woman.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    My favorite Leather Woman (excluding my Philadelphia predecessors, of course) is Christy Lee, Ms. New Jersey Leather 2016. From the moment I met her she has been nothing but welcoming,  kind, and generous and has the biggest heart of anyone I know.  She is currently undergoing treatment for cancer and the overwhelming support she is receiving is reflective of how much she means to so many.

 

 

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?    With the Trump administration, I’m afraid that it’s not just a matter of mis-information but a matter of denying information to the public. Within hours of the inauguration, the White House website no longer features Obama’s broad range of priority issues. Gone are pages pertaining to LGBTQ issues, civil rights and AIDS awareness.

The number of people who gathered in protest recently breeds some hope, but we need to keep that momentum going. I plan to contact my legislators and voice my opinion about the issues that matter to me and be a leader in building bridges among minorities to fight against oppression.

 

In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title?    As Ms. Philadelphia Leather and as a longstanding bartender in the LGBTQ community, I’ve been able to use my experience to  produce and support numerous events to serve the leather community and to foster connections within the larger LGBTQ community. As IMsL, I would have a tremendous platform to broaden my reach, to continue to open in-roads, to help convert energy and curiosity into genuine appreciation and participation.

 

What do you say to those who think there are too many titles and that it has diluted the meaning of holding a title?    As far as I’m concerned the more people who want to step up and be of service to the community by holding a title the better, as long as that is their intention.

 

About Author

Vonn Tramel has been a kinky "friday night femme" since she was 17.  She found the Leather community in 2007 and began her Leather Journey in 2008 after attending a Cigar Play Class in Long Beach, CA at Pistons Bar. A meeting with Dave Rhodes in May of 2008, changed her path for better or worse when she filmed and photographed the 2008 West Coast Olympus Contest, then International Olympus in Chicago that year....the rest they say is her-story. 

Edit: In 2012 she was approached by Dave to join The Leather Journal as it's Webmaster with business partner Bryan Teague.

Most misspelled word: Leahter (Sad but true)