Basic Information: Name Current Title City, State website (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3) Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear & social media:
Bootblack KL from Ballarat, Victoria, Currently untitled as there is not a title for female identified bootblacks in Australia.
I participate in Vic Leathers monthly Gear up munches; Their yearly fundraiser/ membership drive Open House and the very large mixed leather event Northside Bizarre at the Laird for Joy-FM Australia’s first Gay and Lesbian Radio station and the David Williams Fund which helps people living with HIV
Favorite leather item – would have to be my Apron – wear it to bootblack or to events!
www.labouchebooks.com - my kinky/queer publishing company.
I'm representing Vic Leather Inc, a club in Melbourne, Victoria that is open to all Leather folk from all genders and sexualities.
Sponsor 1: VAC- the Victorian Aids Council I have been working with them on a project for regional women’s health and education. I also run an LBQ women’s’ Red ribbon luncheon in December.
Sponsor 2. Lucrezia and De Sade/ Sax Fetish Supporting leather women in the community as they have done for many years for the male titleholders who compete at an International level.
Sponsor 3: Marquis De Sade My relationship with the owner of this fine corsetier dates back to 1998, when she laced me into my first ever corset! I modeled for her for a number of years and continue to this day to passionately promote her business now+ in its 22nd year!
Sponsor 4: Oz Kink Fest I've been involved with Mistress Malice and festival in one form or another since its beginnings in 2008 as a stall holder, volunteer, bump in/bump out crew. In recent months she has helped to raise funds for my journey through her club Provocation, where I also bootblack monthly.
Sponsor 5: Sprinkle Emporium Creating fashion for curvy women who love to feel special is her pleasure and her business! Sprinkle creates the most magical garments fit for a goddess.
I have two charities that are close to my heart. VAC- regional women’s projects due to the fact know firsthand how important that financial support if as it helped start up my Wrainbow Writers group in Ballarat Victoria. Switchboard Vic & I have recently been raising fund for Switchboard Vic. a telephone counseling service that took a huge hit during the Marriage Equality Debate that ripped through our LGBTIQA+ community last year. With numbers of callers increasing daily they needed to train an extra 30 call takers in a matter of weeks.
How you feel about community service?:
I grew up with two parents that worked tirelessly to fund raise for one organization or another. They were shining role models that today, are the reason I am who I am. The community service that I do is because I was taught by them to understand that I have ability to change people’s lives for the better and never take for granted my privilege. The time I work in service, helps me to better understand the diverse needs that we have within our community.
What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?:
I am a leather-woman because I know no other way. I am a bootblack, because it fills my service heart. What makes me that way? It comes down to me waking every day and saying, I will try better, I will do better, I will be better.
Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?:
Mollena Lee Williams-Haas For years I listened to her podcast and since following her 'love story' on Facebook and through media, I see the veil of leather that binds a strong relationship, where both parts are made stronger. She has a quirky way of making even the most mundane slave task sound pleasurable and her insight into this world as a lifestyle slave and muse to a famous composer is inspiring. I’m in awe of the issues she has spoken about and continues to do so.
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?:
Casual denial of wrong doing: When someone says ‘but that’s just their way’ or ‘they can’t help it, it’s who they are’ its insidious and undermines the ability for our community to understand and change. Because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean it always has to be that way! It comes back to my personal motto and through education I would continue to create the space for people to understand how they too can live the motto … I will try better, I will do better, I will be better.
In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title?:
In Australia, there are female identified bootblacks who don’t have a platform or a voice, I aim to give them both. I would ideally like to set up a contest to support and encourage more bootblacks from Australia to do help raise awareness of our community. In 2018, I also aim to continue the space that I started two years ago, Show and Shine, to bring people of all skill levels and knowledge together to share bootblack energy. Finally, I’d also love travel to other communities like South Africa as an outreach from one small southern hemisphere community to another.