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Conversations: Sir Spencer Bergstedt

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1. For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and your connection with the leather world and what Leather title(s) do you hold?

I am an attorney, activist, consultant, and author.  I have been involved with the Leather community since the late 1980’s and have been an active participant in community organizing since then.  I was Washington State Ms Leather 1993, International Ms. Leather 1994. Since I transitioned from female to male in 1995, many affectionately call me Mr. IMsL.

I have served on various community organization boards including Generic Leather Productions of Washington, NLA: International, and I presently am the Secretary for the IMsL Foundation board.

2. Please tell us who got you started in the Leather community and for how long?

I got started in the Leather community in the late 1980’s though I can trace my interest back to when I was a child in the 60’s. Initially, I met some wonderful Leather women who helped me connect to others in the community,  but it was really in the men’s Leather community that I found my place.  The men embraced me in and taught me and I found my first Leather family with them.

Being the kind of person I am, once I found my people I soaked up as much information and education as I could.  I jumped in with both feet into community organizations including joining the board of NLA: Seattle and helping to organize a conference it used to hold called May Days.  I started presenting workshops and writing articles on legal issues for the Leather community around 1991 or so.

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