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Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:06

Dave Rhodes Hump Day March 21, 2018

 

 

Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and Bootblack Contests

Mr. San Diego Leather Doriam Manuel Couto, Ms San Diego Leather Kira Renee, and San Diego Bootblack Shilo Vix were sashed, medaled and patched on Saturday night, March 17 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center. Bennett Evan Robbins was the second man competing for the Mr. title. About 200 cheering Leatherfolk, an increase of about 30 percent from 2017, were there including from as far north as Portland, Oregon and east as Baltimore, Maryland. Tiger and Wayne Dietz served as emcees. Afterglow Party with High Leather Cocktails, Open Bootblacking and Cigar Social at 9 PM. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. http://www.sandiegoleatherpride.com

Mufasa Ali's keynote at the Leather Leadership Conference
By Mufasa Ali
ONYX founder Mufasa Ali delivered a rousing keynote address during the Leather Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA on XXX. "I’d like to start off with a story! The story is told about a lion...and this lion was very proud of his leadership over the animal kingdom. One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle. He was so confident that he by passed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear...." The rest can be read at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2007-mufasa-ali-s-leather-leadership-conference-2018-keynote-addressnews/item/2007-mufasa-ali-s-leather-leadership-conference-2018-keynote-address

Conductors LL - Track XXXVI

The Conductors Levi Leather Club. of Nashville, TN hosted their Track XXXVI - Into The Woods Run at the Whispering Pines Campground and Retreat the weekend of March 15-17 in Hampshire, TN. A Mr. Friendly presentation was made on March 16 as seen in the photo above. Founded in 1982, the Conductors is one of the longest surviving gay social and service groups in the city, having been involved in Nashville's gay community for over 35 years. http://conductors.net/

Grand Opening of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library – Florida Annex
By Miss Rae and chris
We are happy to announce the Grand Opening of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library – Florida Annex to be held on Saturday, March 31 at the SFC10 Community space in Oakland Park, FL. One special guest author, Vi Johnson will be there. Her most famous books are To Love, to Obey, to Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave and Dhampir: Child of the Blood along with being a contributing writer on numerous other pieces. The other world famous authors, and local community members, will be John and Libby Warren. They authored The Loving Dominant, and John authored Safe, Sane, Consensual and Fun and Murder at Roissy, among others. Drinks, appetizers and desserts will be provided. Library Memberships will be available. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2051902315033074&set=p.2051902315033074&type=3&theater

Mr. LA Leather
The Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 contest will be at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox will pass the title to the next man who will represent the City of Angels at International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL in May. This year's theme is We Are ALL LA Leather. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. For a complete schedule go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

Save Twin Cities Leather & Latte
Friends, I implore you to consider making a donation to the Gofundme that my wonderful sash wife Mikayla Victoria Stanek has set up to help save Twin Cities Leather and Latte. Our community is a better place, because of the work that Karri Plowman and Tynan do. Safe spaces are incredibly important and we are fortunate to have TCL as a place to call home. No donation is too small. Thank you. Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2018. Help Twin Cities Leather and Latte at https://www.gofundme.com/save-twin-cities-leather-amp-latte

San Diego Leather Pride Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride on Friday, March 16 included a Color Guard, Blessing from the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Contestant Introductions and a Leather History display at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. Four contestants vied for three titles. The blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was an unbelievable riot. There were a few vendors on hand all weekend. DJ Matt Effect from Sydney, Australia had the beat going all night. http://sdleatherpride.org/

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Trivia Question of the Week

This Uniform club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in September. Who is it?

1. California B&B Corps.

2. Rangers of Ohio.

3. Regiment of the Black and Tans.

4. Corps of Rangers.

5. Mid Atlantic Uniform League.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Who is the author of Urban Aboriginals? Geoff Mains.

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ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night will be at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. ProNE Leather Pride Night will be a live charity auction event benefitting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/

NCSF Celebrated its 21st Anniversary in Atlanta - elects officers
At the NCSF's Annual Meeting on March 9th in Atlanta, GA, the Coalition Partners elected the board members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults. This year 11 people ran for the NCSF Board, all of whom had excellent qualifications. The current board members are: Chairperson Susan Wright, Vice-Chair Keira Harbison, Secretary Jackie Harris, Treasurer Kevin Carlson, Treasurer; at-large board members are Ruby Bouie Johnson, Ben Schenker, Judy Guerin, Rudy Serra, Richard Richbart, Russell Stambaugh, Max Rulz and Julian Wolf. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival

The Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival will be outside the Eagle LA and up Santa Monica Blvd. toward Sunset Blvd. on Sunday, March 25 at 12 PM and hopes to exceed its attendance of 10,000 from 2017. Off Sunset Festival closes out a week of events for los angeles Leather Pride. Off Sunset Festival is for guests 21 and over only and will have live bands and DJs, gourmet food trucks, ice-cold beer and specialty drinks, artisan jewelry, fine art and furniture vendors, lots of Leather and fetish gear and yes, a clothing check so you can wear your fetish gear. Off Sunset Festival, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

CLAW XVIII - Three silent auctions
Three silent auctions feature hundreds of bargains and one-of-a-kind items. Don’t miss the reprise of Master Sponsor Square Peg Toys’ Land of Misbegotten Toys, where near perfect silicone butt toys can be had for a fraction of their regular cost. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and the Square Peg sale are donated to CLAW community charities. CLAW gladly accept donations of all kinds. See our website or contact for more information. The CLAW registration package includes Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/

Leather Pride Flag Raising in San Diego
The San Diego Leather Pride Flag Raising on Friday, March 16 preceded the opening ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride Weekend. Since 2013, the Leather Pride flag has been flown from Friday to Sunday during Leather Pride. A Leather color guard raised the flag at the Hillcrest Flag Pole at the intersection of Normal and University, thanks to the Hillcrest Business Association. http://www.SanDiegoLeatherPride.com

Southern Most Puppy 2019
Southern Most Puppy is all set for April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust for all judges and contestants. Saturday will include interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940, Southern Most Puppy Contest at Phoenix. Sunday victory brunch. New Orleans Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117.

29th Pansexual Butchmanns
The 29th Pansexual Butchmanns Experience hosted by Machele Kindle will be April 27-29 in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The activities of flogging, ritual temporary piercing, mummification, and Responsibility-Obedience practice are further explored through in-depth discussions. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and los angeles Leather Pride hosted the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18. The Kick Off Party featured a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually entered on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. About 250 Leatherfolk packed the Long Beach bar where the ride-in was done in the adjacent alley and introductions were made on stage where each contestant drew their numbers led by emcee Chad ONYX. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/ and/or https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

SouthEast LeatherFest
SouthEast LeatherFest will be held June 14-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody i n Atlanta, GA with tracks from play to relationships. Don't miss out on the 150-plus activities to learn, socialize, connect and play. SouthEast LeatherFest is an annual event for alternative, Kink, BDSM communities of all genders, ethnicity and sexual preference to explore education, sexual freedom and sex positive discovery. SouthEast LeatherFest has dynamic speakers giving six subjects and individual perspectives including Marty, Tina Landi, Sir S'ango, Lady Kita, Master Scott, and BlueFrost during a do-not-miss luncheon on Saturday. http://www.SECURE.SELEATHERFEST.com

LA LA Leather, Opus 2
LA LA Leather returned for the second year to MCC in the Valley on Monday, March 19 at 7 PM, in the Classic Meets Fetish tradition of Folsom Berlin, with an emphasis on classic and original music that has been used in film, television or other media. As always, musicians and attendees will be wearing fetish/Leather gear. Music Director Michael Crane's ensemble of seven instruments played The Theory Of Everything, The Music Of The Night, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Planeterium from LA LA Land among many others. Food was provided by Hunter and Charlie's which is formerly Farm Boy Kitchen in Hollywood. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

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Farm Boy Kitchen is now Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's in March. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. (323) 848-4790. http://www.hunterandcharlies.com

Girls Night Out
Bikkja Amy, Mistieyes and The Compound present the next Girls Night Out women's BDSM play party in San Diego, CA on Saturday March 31 starting at 7 PM. Smoking hot demonstration by Daddy Naria who is a longtime Radical Sex Perv Daddy who has been involved in the Queer BDSM Community for 35 years as a practitioner, organizer, activist, writer, speaker, and educator in the Kinky Arts. She is the new Co- owner/Producer of DESIRE along with her wife, Bikkja Amy. The demonstration will begin at 7:15 PM, followed by a brief circle of introduction then play. https://fetlife.com/events/649144

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and WiFi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

Leather Pride in Texas
Leather Pride in Texas 2018 will be April 6-8 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, TX. Leather Pride in Texas is committed to building unity within the Leather community and providing Leather Space for Leather People. Friday night - DJ hosted cocktail party, cash bar, cigar social, drag show; Saturday - Leather panel discussions, information booths, classes, bootblack and puppy play workshops, puppy mosh, cigar social, vending, Fetish/Kink art display, Carter Johnson Leather Library on display, free lunch and men's, women's and mixed play parties; Sunday - Sendoff social. Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel and Conference Center, 1209 Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664. For detailed schedule and all other pertinent information about Leather Pride in Texas, please visit http://www.leatherprideintexas.org

'eco-fetishism' explores bdsm through a queer feminist lens
By Michelle Lhooq for i-d Vice
The performance artists behind Sacred Sadism, a new line of 'eco-fetish' sex toys, are changing BDSM's archetypal studded leather aesthetic. Putting a flower up your butt or getting whipped with a bundle of sharp leaves might not be the first idea that comes to mind when you’re trying to level up your sex life. But scrolling through the Instagram photos of LA-based artists Genevieve Belleveau and Themba Alleyne, suddenly, I get the appeal. Belleveau and Alleyne, a loving couple who often incorporate BDSM practices into their work, are the first “eco-fetishists” I’ve ever met, and they make nature look downright sexy. https://i-d.vice.com/en_au/article/pam9ky/eco-fetishism-explores-bdsm-through-a-queer-feminist-lens

NYC debut of Obie Winner Ain Gordon's play 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous
The play is about Dr. John Fryer a gay psychiatrist who, at huge personal risk, addressed the American . sychiatric Association in 1972 about removing homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses.He was so convincing, that the following year - 1973, they voted to remove it from the list. That was 45 years ago this year; this play is being presented by Equality Forum during this years APA conference at the Javitz Center a block away from the theater (May 3-9). This year's conference will have panels about John Fryers, who is one of the major in not well known civil rights pioneers. http://217boxes.com/

Kink - In The Air Tonight
Kink - In The Air Tonight, Play party in Hollywood/Silver Lake, will be held at Kink LA on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 PM. 18-plus. Free before 10:30 with RSVP. We like our music dark - Witch House, Darkcore, Dark EBM, Dark Techno, Dark Electro, Dark Psytrance, Dark Step, Dark EDM, Dark Ambient, Dark Cabaret, Dark Wave and Dark Folk. Kink LA, 4212 Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/196901527745682/

Yellow and Black Party
SF Catalyst and Yellow and Black are hosting a Yellow and Black Party at SF Catalyst on Friday, March 23 at 8 PM. Tickets $20 in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yellow-and-black-party-tickets-43220018238, or $30 at the door. Discounts available for volunteers. The Yellow and Black Group is for and about men who enjoy including watersports (piss play) as part of their sexual or BDSM activities or fantasies. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. https://www.facebook.com/events/192865404634035/

Cruze by FMSD, A Men-Only Party and Social

Fetish Men San Diego's CRUZE is a night where men can explore their fetishes and cruise as they like. The playrooms of House of Black will be set up to accommodate pick-up play, socialization and fetish exploration instead of our traditional dungeon setup. Friday, March 30 at 9PM. Cost is $20, payable via Paypal or by contacting CRUZE is a new party we're hosting! Unlike our Members-Only Play Party (MPP), CRUZE is a Men-Only night of fetish and cruising.

Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Street Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/

Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know
The go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved. http://www.pupplay.info/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Folsom Street East Celebrates SLUTS
Folsom Street East, Inc. (FSE) will celebrate 21 years of gear, kink, fetish, in-your-face sexuality and benevolence at the annual FSE Street Festival, Sunday, June 17 from 11 AM - 6 PM on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, NYC. This year’s theme is our reclaiming of the word SLUTS, which to us stands for Sex, Love, Unity, Trust, and Safety. FSE envisions a world that celebrates and inspires participation and pride for expression of sexual identities in LGBTQ+ and Allied communities. Beneficiaries are New York City Anti-Violence Project, Trinity Place Shelter and Transcend Legal. The Notorious OMG has been the Mxtress of Ceremonies for all manner of drag, burlesque, and charity events throughout the Northeast. Based in Philadelphia. When offstage, OMG’s alter ego Rudy Flesher serves on the board of Folsom East. http://www.folsomstreeteast.com/event/folsom-street-east-street-festival-xxi-s-l-u-t-s/

Sherman Oaks Munch
The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/

SoCal Leatherfest Boy

By Steven Carlisle
Calling all boys in Southern California, the application is open for the first SoCal Leatherfest Boy contest to be held as part of SoCal Leatherfest the weekend of July 6-8 in los angeles, CA. Grab the application today and let us know if you have any questions. SoCal Leatherfest is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. We will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, barbecue, pool party, and more. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QbofHnZgX03T6vACWKqhbwNTwfQh-vOu/view

LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday. April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will be hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/

Puppy 101
By Papa Woof Roth
We are bringing Puppy 101 back to it’s original focus - Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues, and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards. https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/

Folsom Europe
Folsom Europe 2018 will be at Fuggerstraße in Berlin, Germany, September 5-9 The 14th edition of Europe's largest gay fetish event will take place at various venues in Berlin, with the Street Fair along Fuggerstaße on Saturday, September 9. Part of the proceeds will go to AIDS charities. Fuggerstraße, 10777 Berlin, Deutschland. http://folsomeurope.info/

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Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org

Northwest Gay for Play Weekend
Come join us in Portland, Oregon for a weekend fueled by the exploration of fetish, play and fun. April 27-29 is Northwest Gay for Play Weekend. A weekend for men who play with men and those who want to build community with them. The diversity celebrated at this weekend makes a welcoming home for fetishists across a wide range of gear and play. Northwest Gay for Play Weekend 2018 features three days full of play opportunities; a fabulous Meet and Greet to kick the weekend off. Saturday features play workshops and a contest for three fetish titles: Butch Player NW, Femme Player NW, and Bootblack NW will happen Saturday night. To wrap up, there is a Big Gay Brunch on Sunday that combines delicious breakfast food with even more play. https://nwgayforplay.com/

Avatar - Needle Play
Avatar Club los angeles has invited Doc Duhon to present a “hands-on” training session on needle and piercing play on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. The session will include preliminary consent and piercing scene involvement, cleanliness, safety, materials and equipment, scene preparation, the bottom's piercing site considerations, piercing techniques, piercing play styles and possibilities, post-scene care for the bottom, and clean-up. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://avatarla.org/

Leather Archives & Museum displays inkedKenny

Next Up in the Guest Artist Gallery, January 26 - June 7, MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny. inkedKenny's photography is fantastic; dark, sexy, stylish and with an artistic sophistication which appears prodigiously to transcend this relative newcomers tenure behind the lens. By looking within himself, he found his passion and discovered a new way to look. at (and artistically present) the world; through the lens of a camera. With his natural talent and a sharp intrinsic eye, inkedKenny learned by doing and found a new calling in the process. His journey shows how your world can be when you open your eyes to the possibilities around you. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Movie night with SAN-PAH
SAN-PAH (San Diego Pups And Handlers) will hold a movie and bar night on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 PM. The movie will be Isle of Dogs at the Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 followed by a bar night at the San Diego Eagle, Pup’s night out at the movies. Wear your SAN-PAH shirt, gear or anything else pup-related for the pre-movie group photo at 7:15. After the movie we’ll head over to the Eagle for Pup Night. https://www.facebook.com/events/710265129362602/

GearUp Men's Weekend
GearUp Weekend will be held July 12-15 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and registration opens on January 31. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearup-mens-weekend-2018-registration-36327651985

Fuk U(niversity)

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, April 7 at 6 PM. Females Uniting Kink (F.U.K.) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations which plays the first Saturday of each month. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/

Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now" https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Golden Gate Guards - Springtime in Yosemite
Registration for Springtime in Yosemite is now open. Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in the Sierras in Yosemite May 18-20. The weather and waterfalls are going to be spectacular this year. This is a great run for beginners to experienced motorcycle riders. Springtime in Yosemite will be at the View Lodge in El Portal, CA which has nice rooms and most have balcony with an enchanting close-up view of the rapidly-flowing Merced River. Depending on interest, there will be an optional Sunday brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite which is a separate expense. Registration is open at http://www.ggguards.org/events/yosemite.htm

Walk the Walk
Joe Mannetti will present Walk the Walk at the The Stonewall Inn on Saturday, March 24 at 7 PM. A fundraiser benefiting AIDS Walk New York and the programs and outreach provided by GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Admission is $10. Raffle prizes. The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014. https://www.facebook.com/events/1610376255678285/

Leather Archives new exhibit at CLAW
Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum, April 26-29. This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from CLAW. The Leather Archives & Museum Road Show appears at major Leather/Kink events around the country throughout the year. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Shiner's viewing at IMsBB IMsL
IMsLBB Weekend 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Ms Bootblack competition. Join us as we celebrate all things Bootblack. Friday, April 20, as part of the IMsLBB weekend will be the west coast premiere of the movie Shiners. The film is written and directed by Stacey Tenenbaum and lets you meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. IMsBB 2007 Ms V has secured the rights to show this new film and will talk about bringing this labor of love to IMsBB IMsL weekend. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org

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Published in Regional Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:52

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Micky Rebel

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Name: Micky Rebel

Title: Oregon State Bootblack, 2015

City/ State: Portland, Oregon

Events:
Co-Producer of PDX BootLab
Volunteer for Portland Pets and Handlers and was a board member for 3 years.
Bootblacks regularly on the PDX Bootblack stand at The Eagle Portland

Favorite Leather/fetish Item: My collar, it took me 4 years of service to my Sir to earn it.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?   o    I am proud to be sponsored by Blackout Leather Productions, the producer of the Oregon State Leather Contest.  BLP raises funds for charitable organizations in our local community, hosts the Rose and Thorn awards to honor outstanding Leather people, and supports their titleholders to go on to represent Oregon in international competitions.  Come and join us for the 2017 Mr. Oregon State Leather, Ms. Oregon State Leather, Oregon State Bootblack and Oregon State Puppy contests August 11-13th. http://blackoutleather.org/

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    o    While there are many organizations that I support, one of my favorites is Outside In.  It is an organization dedicated to helping homeless youth and other marginalized people in the greater Portland Metro area move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.  They do this through providing medical care, mental health treatment, advocacy and connecting individuals with the services they need to live the lives they want.  Outside In caters to the specific needs of under-served populations like the LGBTQIA community and the homeless.  They even have programs to help homeless pets. http://outsidein.org/

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    o    Service is a gift and every contribution counts, from donating a few dollars to a worthy cause, seeing an opportunity to help out at an event, or holding a position on the board of an organization.  Volunteering has helped me maintain greater focus and reach higher goals.  I’m so fortunate to come from a community that values service so favorably and shows gratitude to those that give.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    o    I found my identity as a Leather Woman through developing myself as a Bootblack. Before learning to bootblack, I rarely interacted with others.  I was painfully shy. My Sir insisted that I learn the trade, indicating, “It will be good for you.” As a result, bootblacking has radically changed my life. I began to notice how I could be of use to others and my inward focus reflected outward through volunteering.  Through these acts of service to my Sir and my Community, I found myself.  I am now a confident Leather Woman and accomplished Bootblack in all areas of my life.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    o    I could pick any number of Leather Women pioneers who have pursued equality and promoted bootblack visibility as my favorite Leather Woman.  I appreciate all those contributions with my whole heart; however, my favorite Leather Woman is my friend Jesbian.  I look up to her in so many ways.  She gives beautiful service, she is young but accomplished and represents the contributions of the next generation that is so hungry to engage in leadership roles.  Jesbian consistently seeks out littles and critters to make space for individuals that often don’t have a refuge in leather spaces.  She is fun, witty, kind and caring.  She is someone that I love dearly and respect enormously.  She positively impacts the lives of every person she meets in every corner of the world.  She is Leather.

 

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:43

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Elisa

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Elisa

Great Lakes Bootblack 2016

Metro Detroit, Michigan

Community events:
Weekly kink and fetish educational classes by the BOE in metro Detroit.
I co-host a monthly sex and play party called Fevered Nights.
I just restarted the Detroit Area Bootblacks' Laboratory with access to a new venue space.

Maybe it's cliched, but my favorite leather item is definitely my custom engineer boots. I have very hard-to-fit calves and these have been the first pair of boots that truly and comfortably have fit me from day one. I wear them to bars and events but I also wear them to hard work meetings or on days when I'm feeling tired and scared and like I need my people, my community, walking with me.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? 

I am sponsored by Great Lakes Leather Alliance (http://greatlakesleather.org/), Great Lakes Leather Alliance -- Michigan and the Michigan Band of Brothers.

These are all amazing contests and organizations, but I am especially grateful for the Michigan Band of Brothers, which I've been involved with since the summer of 2014, prior to ever holding a title. We're a gender-inclusive titleholder support and preparation group. I would never have even considered running for my state title in 2015 if not for their generous time in answering questions, convincing me, supporting and helping me.

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    The Leather Archives and Museum is my favorite charity. I can't express the value in collecting and storing our past, which legitimizes who we are as leather people, in a publicly accessible museum. There is no way to know how to move forward into the future without understanding and relying on who we were and where we have been as a community.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I think community service is critical. We are a self-organizing bunch of folks. If someone wants an event, an experience, a venue to exist, that person has to put in the hard work and hours to create it and therefore enrich the community as a whole.

I think that the vast majority of what I do in the leather and fetish communities is community service. I'm fiercely dedicated to education -- I want to be able to play knowledgeably and play with people who are similarly knowledgeable. I want people to feel safe and comfortable to explore edgy experiences and I think that that can only happen with education and mentorship. I'm also fiercely dedicated to creating a culture of sex positivity and I co-host a party for that explicit reason. I think sex positivity happens when we stop talking about how we need a more sex positive culture and instead start enacting it in our play spaces and venues.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    I first heard someone give a class on Leather 101 and their personal leather journey back in June of 2013. He talked about HIRT -- Honor, Integrity, Respect, and Truth -- and that he looked at himself in the mirror every day and asked whether or not he had HIRT that day. That shook me down to my core. I had always felt that way about my life, but I did not consider that there was a community within the broader fetish community that valued those principles and lived them out every day. I think HIRT, combined with an unwavering commitment to authenticity in all elements of my life and a fundamental respect and interest in our history, is what makes me Leather. I am a Bootblack because it's part of who I am at the deepest core of my soul. I knew it from the first moment that I saw someone doing boots in front of me that I was meant to be that person working on the boots. Bootblacking is the deepest expression of my desires to love and care for people from a position of both power (in terms of technical expertise) and vulnerability (in terms of revealing my desire to serve and trusting that the service will be valued).

Published in International Leather
Friday, 31 March 2017 13:37

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Beau Korvin Black

BeauKorvinBlackLeatherJournalI am Beau Korvin Black.

I live in Seattle, Washington.

You can often find me at the Cuff Complex hanging out with my Leather family and friends.

I am the past Vice President and a current member of the Seattle Boys of Leather. I have recently been one of the hosts for Blood Sweat and Queers; a BDSM play party at the Center for Sex Positive Culture.

My favorite piece of leather would have to be my hunter harness from Bad Daddy Leather.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? 

I am being sponsored by the Washington State Mr Leather Organization (WSMLO). They are the organization who own the titles of the Washington State Leather contest which includes Mr, Ms, and Bootblack titles. Toby Noon is the current president of the board. I am honored to be representing this organization and my state.

I am also honored to be sponsored by Bad Daddy Leather owned by JJ Whitehurst. JJ is the patriarch of my leather family, The Labyrinthine, and a mentor of mine as well. I will be wearing several pieces made by Bad Daddy Leather during the contest.

 

Tell us about your favorite charity.    

The Seattle Area Support Groups is my favorite charity. They have done so much for the greater Seattle community. They offer peer coaching, peer groups, and voucher programs that allow clients and volunteers tickets to various entertainment venues.
The Seattle Boys of Leather volunteered at the tree lot this last December helping prep and sell holiday trees to local community members. They taught us how to operate a chainsaw. I can now say I am officially "Beaver Certified".
Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Having been part of a service oriented leather club for the last four years, I have learned community service is vital. Now more than ever, we need to come together to offer help and support to our friends, family, and community members.
I have a very service oriented heart. I enjoy doing tasks for others. It makes me happy to make others' lives a little easier.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

I am a leather woman who identifies as two-spirit. I am also a bootblack. The two co-exist within me. Being both a leather person and a bootblack to me means having a desire to learn from those who came before me. I also strive to be the best person I can be and to continue to improve daily. I believe strongly in personal responsibility or as my leather family motto states, "Own your shit."
Bootblacking came naturally to me. I enjoy working with my hands and getting dirty. There is something so satisfying about taking a pair of dirty, filthy, sexy boots with a rich history, breathing life back into them so they can play once more.

 

Published in International Leather

kylie ms sydney leather 2015Name: Miss BEEHave

Current Title: Ms. Sydney Leather 2015

City, State: Sydney, Australia

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Sydney Leather Pride Assoc.
Sydney Femme Guild  
Extra Dirty

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Full length leather barista apron....I bought this custom made piece from a well known quality leather maker in Sydney, Jo King.  I love that it can worn as a formal or informal piece, and my waist size doesn't matter as its fully adjustable.  I often wear sequin hotpants underneath, a treasure I picked up from San Francisco Folsom in 2014 for a cheeky surprise when I leave the room.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

My major sponsor is Marquis De Sade in Melbourne Australia - a gorgeous bespoke fetish wear designer and corsetiere.  We have a shared spark, a contagious energy when we talk of the promotion of visibility of leather women in Australia.  Marquis De Sade offer customised steel boned corsets, leather ladieswear, leather menswear, fantasy costumes, corseted dresses, fetish wear, with online tailoring, their work is available to international visitors to order.

 

Published in International Leather
Friday, 31 March 2017 13:17

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: xiaoyi

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Name: xiaoyi Drake


Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2016


City, State :  Colorado Springs CO


 
website (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):
http://www.coloradoleatherfest.com/
http://lokusdorproductions.com/
www.slaveheartbootblack.com

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear *
My harness with club patch would be my all time favorite item in the fetishwear category, unless we are counting Huberds!

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.    I have the privilege of being sponsored by both Trade, a leather bar in Denver CO who helps our local community with beer busts every Saturday and many other events as well as my home club Voodoo Leatherworks, the best damn dungeon in the state (in my opinion.) Voodoo is where I got my start bootblacking publicly and will always be home. They are Leather as well as kink, bdsm and alternative lifestyle friendly with a large focus on education as well as dungeon fun.  And they always keep at least one bootblack stand in the dungeon!
https://www.facebook.com/Tradedenver/
http://www.voodooleatherworks.com/

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    I tend to have more than one favorite for most things. Thank goodness for poly!
There are two charities that really resonate with me and I support.  
The first is the Marquis Lifestyle Center, this is currently a small group with a vision of helping destigmatize kink, Leather and BDSM through education both within the kink communities and in the community at large. The plan includes “thinking globally; acting locally” which resonates deeply with me, as we can change the world for the better, to help our people be better accepted and not villainized for our sexualities, yet each of us can only do this within our own areas.  
The second is Reclaiming Our Leather History.  This group is dedicated to helping find and restore parts of our Leather culture and history, the physical parts of our communities.  It is not as common now as it once was for relics and piece of our history to be destroyed, trashed or burnt in ignorance, hatred or fear.  Yet as an anthropologist, I know one of the fastest ways to destroy a culture is to destroy its iconography and precious items.  Reclaiming Our Leather History helps prevent this by assisting us maintain our culture and our past and keeping a Leather identity both for our past and for our future.  
With the help of organisations like these two, I truly believe that as new Leather Folk begin to find this life and their path within it, they will find a strong sense of identity and culture that goes far beyond “ I like hot kinky sex” and that they will find better support and acceptance of themselves and their kinky, BDSM and Leather life because our deep history will be maintained for all of us to learn about and through community outreach and education, we will be shunned less and eventually accepted for who and what we are with equal rights and support for our sexual identities.  

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    To me service means giving of one’s time, talent and treasure without expectation of return or rewards. When someone is serving the community, the goal is betterment of the community.  It is often said that a rising tide raises all ships.  When serving the community, each of us gets to be a drop in the ocean of that tide.  Getting to join all the people who have come before me and will come after me, as I get to serve and help out in the communities, is a joy. I am a part of something so much larger than me and it simply an amazing experience.  It becomes a privilege to serve simply because of that connection.  Even scrubbing floors is a joy when I know that in doing that I am helping make the community better. We each work within our sphere of influence and service is one way in which we join forces as an unseen tide helping create the beauty that is our world and our communities.  

Published in International Leather

 

 


Teagan from girl ang was chosen to be International Ms Leather 2018 and Teagan was named International Ms Bootblack in front of 768 cheering spectators at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, CA on Saturday night, April 21. The Heart and Soul Award winner was Sir Dom who was chosen so by all of the contestants. IMsL runner-up was Jesbian and IMsBB runner-up was Brynn Bietzel.

The seven women who competed for IMsL are girl ang, Jesbian, Scarlett Sin, Sir Dom, Carla, Princess Jinnie and Tig; and the five who vied for IMsBB are Teagan, Brynn Beitzel, Bootblack KL, Red and Vivian.

The International Ms Bootblack judges were Meghan, Pawlish, Yolanda, Briar Wood and Daddy Joey.

The International Ms Leather judges were Lascivious Jane, Ralph Bruneau, Dee, Mufasa Ali and Issa Arden.

International Ms Olympus Leather 2003 Bootpig delivered the keynote during the Sunday brunch.

IMsL and IMsBB weekend featured many events including a Bootblack Master Class, vendors, a hospitality suite which is the envy of most Leather events, Shiners movie, Thursday night Seduction, pool party, ONYX Dance, play space, Boots and Cigars and silent auction among others. There's more - to find out what, go to https://imslbb.org/

International Ms Leather 2018 girl ang

girl ang is a rugged Femme hedonistic switch, service oriented Leather woman based in Melbourne, Australia. Her kinks include squirting, fisting, energy exchange, sensation play, tea parties, Leather and latex. She is passionate about the Leatherwork she has created over the last 2.5 years through her business Little Miss Leather. girl ang is well into her psychology degree and completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2011; she loves to learn and share knowledge. She chooses happiness and is an insatiable flirt.

International Ms Bootblack 2018 Teagan

Teagan fell in love with bootblacking at a young age, doing her shoes before church. Although these days her skills are often being put to more salacious uses, down deep she still identifies as a spiritual bootblack. For her, bootblacking harkens back to the foot-washing ritual. She enjoys providing a humble service to her community. Teagan is Southern California Bootblack 2016 and Southwest Bootblack 2017. During her title year as Southwest Bootblack she invited our community to “Take Refuge” in the capable hands of our bootblacks. Teagan is from Oakland, CA.

Sarah Humble hosted the Inside the Leather Jacket series, in collaboration with  IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation, she interviewed Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. They are founding members of both Outer Limits, Seattle’s original Leatherdyke club, as well as Powersurge, the first International Leatherwoman Conference held in Seattle in 1992.

In 1989, a group came together in San Francisco to celebrate Leatherwomen to select a women who represented the community and would be recognized for the work she had done. Judy Tallwing McCarthy was that first International Ms Leather. Over the 30 years since that day, women have stepped up and represented who we are. One can see a history of the IMsL/IMsBB titleholders on the web or catch up with the current IMsL/IMsBB titleholders. Some have been political, some community builders, but have all lived out a vision of what the women’s alternative sex positive community is.

 

 

Published in Regional Leather

IMSL Contestant LasciviousJaneName: LasciviousJane

Current Title: Ms Philadelphia Leather 2015

City, State: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Twitter @LasciviousJane
Instagram @Lascivious_Jane
FetLife @LasciviousJane
www.facebook.com/lasciviousjane

Regular community events that you produce or participate: I produce, perform and Emcee for Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret with Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque. Our monthly show is the only regularly occurring kinky show in Philadelphia! Nearly every show benefits a local organization.

I am excited to be one of the Entertainment Coordinators, and the Emcee, for my club Queer Leather Alliance’s big fundraiser The Black & Gold Ball
I have been involved with Diabolique Ball Philadelphia’s Fetish Charity Ball for years, as a model, go-go dancer, stage manager, performer, Emcee, and now on the Board of Directors as the Entertainment Coordinator. Each year the Diabolique Ball raises critical funds to help benefit several different organizations in the Philadelphia Community.

 

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: As my favorite Leather item, I would have to pick my blush-pink corset. It’s the first leather corset I ever purchased, the color is amazing and it makes my breasts look fantastic!

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I have many sponsors and supporters in my home community, my official sponsors are the producers of Mr & Ms Philadelphia Leather, the Philadelphians MC with our home bar The Bike Stop. I am also receiving generous support and sponsorship from our local leather craftspeople, Wolf Stryker Leather as well as our local fetish store, Passional Boutique & Sexploratorim. All of these groups have been integral to creating and growing Philadelphia’s vibrant leather community. I am honored that they have allowed me to represent them at International Ms Leather.

 

Published in International Leather

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

DW: My sponsor is Blackout Leather Productions, Inc. They formed in 1997 as the producers of the revitalized Oregon State Leather titles and co-organizers of Oregon Leather Pride Week. In 2011, they added the Oregon State Bootblack title to their contest. It's their mission to make the gay and lesbian leather, BDSM, and fetish communities more visible while combating the prejudices held against them. As the Oregon State Bootblack 2013, I work with them toward this goal by participating on their board, participating in local and regional events, teaching, and raising funds for local charities.

Published in International Leather
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:02

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Random

RandomLeatherJournalRandom Colorado Bootblack 2016

Colorado Bootblack 2016

Proud to be a part of MAsT Metro Denver and the Boulder Munch.

My favorite leather would be my Dr Marten boots. They are my foundation and keep me grounded in leather.

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

I am proud to be sponsored this year by three amazing sponsors. The Leather Colorado Foundation sponsors and facilitates the Colorado Bootblack, Colorado Ms. Leather, Colorado Mr. Leather, Colorado Miss. Leather, and Colorado Mr. Rubber contests. (coloradoleather.org) The Denver Wrangler helps to raise funds for various organizations in the community with their weekly beer busts, and offers their facilities for meetings and other gatherings as they can. (denverwrangler.com) Finally, CJ’s leather has for years sponsored our local community with their fantastic leather products and custom works. Each patch and custom creation or repair is a true work of art. (cjsleather.com)

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    

The Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles is my favorite charity. Although they have only been around since September of 2015 their dedication to our community becomes more and more evident as they constantly seek out new ways of fulfilling their mission of creating a safe space in our community for adults who engage in alternative lifestyles. The communities they strive to serve are those of the LGBTQ+, Non-Monogamy, and Kink, believing that it is up to consenting adults to decide who and how they love. They serve these communities through education on various related topics and are constantly seeking to expand and improve their service. They have expanded their community outreach by teaching classes on mental health first aid and hope to have a crisis hotline and conflict mediation programs for the people of Colorado in the future. (coloradocal.com)

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    

Community service is so important for any civilization, and really is the mark of humanity. It reminds us that we are all human and all connected and reinforces those connections. Within the leather community it becomes so much more important for each of us to step up where we can. It’s our legacy, it’s where we’re from and it’s where we’re going. It is the foundation of everything we do. So many of our leaders and legends have given so much to see that we continue to progress, and I believe it is up to each of us to continue that. Whether it is helping to raise funds or by organizing ways we can get together in fellowship, the leather community is based on service to that community. It is built by those who are willing to be of service to our community. We pay no taxes to a leather monarch, we have no elected officials making sure there is funding for the things important to us, what we have at the end of the day is each other.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

For me identifying as a bootblack is a core part of who I am. It is how I found my way home. I enjoy caring for leather, and that makes me a leather care specialist. I work on leather as people are wearing it, and that makes me a shoe shiner. I build relationships with those who enter my chair and with the leather. I do what I can to be a recorder and preserver of leather and leather history, and to be a resource to my community. That to me – makes me a bootblack.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:45

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Bootblack Nona

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Name: Bootblack Nona

Title: SA Bootblack 2017

City/Country: Cape Town - South Africa

Assist with organising SA Leather social events and the annual leather contest.

Favourite Leather item: My favourite piece of leather is my SA Bootblack South Africa Stole! (Sponsored by Shane Hutchinson of Abraided Leather) The first of its kind to be in South Africa.

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.    I am sponsored by SA Leather South Africa. We are small but powerful group of leather people who are dedicated to the continuous growth in our diversity. We regularly hold workshops so we can educate each other and believe in supporting each other completely. We uphold our constitution with the highest regard and we do our best to give back to the NPOs we support.

My involvement in SA Leather is being part of the committee, to assist with the organising of our contest and being the first bootblack for SA Leather it will be important for me to build a solid foundation for future bootblacks within SA Leather South Africa.

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    My favourite charity is Childhood Cancer Foundation SA - CHOC which supports children who have cancer. My connection with this organisation is from when my sister was diagnosed with a rare tumour; CHOC stepped in to assist us. They were there if we needed emotional support or guidance in any way. During the two years that my sister had treatment I saw how CHOC was there for many families at time when things seemed uncertain.

Annually there is a tattoo-a-thon that I participate in   and this fundraising effort helps to keep Childhood Cancer Foundation SA going so that they can continue to help families. They also see it as a chance to also break the stereotypical view about people with tattoos.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Community service is important because giving back to your community without expecting something back in return helps you grow as a person. I find it up lifting knowing that I have done the right thing by assisting at an event or people in need. I truly believe that the more you give to the community; the more you will get back in ways that you don’t expect.  

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    It’s not only the love of wearing leather, playing in leather and looking after leather that makes me a bootblack but it’s my dedication to the community, being involved in a fundraiser for a charity and to strive to be supportive of the people within community that makes me a bootblack.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:32

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Just Angel

JustAngelTLJphotoName:  Angel
Current Title: none (previous titles: Southwest Bootblack 2014 and Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2008, 2009)
City, State: Norman Oklahoma
 
Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Southwest Leather Conference January 21st-24th, 2016 
Kink Weekend July 18th-20th, 2015
Women’s International Leather Legacy Weekend July 31st- August 2nd, 2015
 
Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Leather garter belt it has a pocket made to hold a can of soap and a can of polish, with places to hook in rags, toys, or restraints. Hell it looks dead sexy over tight jeans. http://www.idetoys.com/
 

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or  less.
IMsL Contestant Angel: Yes I have many sponsors and supporters that have helped me in many ways. My official  three amazing sponsors are  
a)     The Red Dragons Riding Club:
The Red Dragons Riding Club have supported me throughout my title year as Southwest Bootblack 2014 and have generously agreed to continue their support during my run for International Ms. Bootblack.

b)  Leather Masters
A long time customer and former employee, it has been my pleasure to further the cause of people who give so much back to our community.

c)     The Dallas Eagle
The Dallas Eagle my bar of heart and while things change over time it will always will feel like my home bar.

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:32

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: IrishGrrl

IrishName : IrishGrrl
Current Title : Ms. Texas Leather 2015
City, State Oakland, Ca.

Website (if any) https://bootblackingbabe.wordpress.com

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Southplains Leatherfest
IMsL
Folsom Street Fair

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
Jump Boots!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant IrishGrrl: My sponsor is Texas Leather Productions, owned by Jeffrey Payne, International Mr. Leather 2009.

Texas Leather has produced International Mr. Leather and International Ms. Leather titleholders. There is a rich history in the Leather Titleholder Community, and Texas Leather works to promote the continuation of learning, sharing, educating, honoring, and working together to keep our rich history alive.

Texas Leather Productions

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:53

Meet the 2017 IMsL IMsbb Contestants

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Meet the 13 Individuals who will compete in San Jose Enjoy!

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IMSbb Contestant meghanName: Meghan

Current Title: Great Lakes Bootblack 2015 and Bluegrass Leather Pride Bootblack 2015

City, State: Louisville, KY

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Events:
-Bluegrass Leather Pride
-Great Lakes Leather Alliance
-International Puppy Contest

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Oil tan harness boots - They were the first piece of leather I bought for myself. I’ve had them for years now and they are so broken in and comfortable! They’ve been with me on all of my travels, tromped through mud, sprinkles and glitter, and kept me grounded when I’ve felt shaky.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I am fortunate enough to be sponsored by Bluegrass Leather Pride, Great Lakes Leather Alliance and Mr. Friendly, Team Louisville.

Bluegrass Leather is a feeder contest to Great Lakes that not only produces contestants, but hosts a weekend educational event that focuses on what it means to be family.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance is a regional contest that produces contestants for International contests, hosts educational classes and play parties for the Leather and kink communities.

Mr. Friendly Team Louisville, the Kentucky chapter that works to reduce stigma of HIV. Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors serving as Treasurer.

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