Stela D. Love
San Francisco, California
Ms San Francisco
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.
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? That the separation of gender, color and social economic status does not exist. I would continue doing the work I am already doing with education, events, and fundraising for charities that work to break down these barriers. This Title will help me do that on a larger scale.
In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title? Leather is the North Star of my life. I have been in service to my community for more than a decade. I would travel the world's leather communities as an ambassador of gender diversity and equality. I would use my year leading conversations and offering education about leaving labels behind, what lies beyond the gender binary and the power of embracing the freedom of gender expression. I would accomplish this with the tools I learned over my years of community building. The most important tool being leadership with attention to self empowerment, communication and team work. We are stronger together.
What do you say to those who think there are too many titles and that it has diluted the meaning of holding a title? There is always a need for community leadership to up hold and educate. These titles do just that. Each of them has there own significance and legacy.