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.