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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
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:26

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 7, 2018

 

 

Centaur MC will be making donations to charities that total $100,000

By Todd White
It is with great pride that I am able to announce that the Centaur Motorcycle Club will be making donations to charities that total $100,000. This years charities are: Leather Archives & Museum, Shepherd Wellness, Moveable Feast, HIPS, Rainbow Railroad, The Leather Heart Foundation, Team DC, Black Gifted and Whole, and Brother, Help Thyself. On behalf of the club I want to thank all the clubs who held special events over the weekend, the local bars, the Hyatt and their amazing staff, and all of this years attendees. It was an amazing year and we look forward to MAL 2019. I can't say it enough but a big thank you to my club brothers you are an amazing group of men and I am so proud that you call me brother. I love you all and you deserve a huge pat on the back. In brotherhood, Todd White - President Centaur MC.

Published in Editorial
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

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
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
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:37

Dave Rhodes Hump Day March 14, 2018

 

 

One of these men will represent Los Angeles at International Mr. Leather in May. Who will it be? Scroll down to the bottom to see the list of 16 events, official and unofficial, that make up LA Leather Pride Week.

 

Douglas O'Keeffe - The Reflections, and Occasional Confessions, of Titleholders
Fireside Chat co-producer and host Douglas O'Keeffe is writing a new book entitled The Reflections, and Occasional Confessions, of Titleholders. The book is designed to showcase as many titleholders as possible from all over the world. "Already I have some 70 titleholders from around the world participating in the book and I haven't yet reached out to everyone" O'Keeffe said "I'd like include as wide a range of titleholders as possible: Women and men, bootblacks, gay Leather and fetish titleholders. Master/slave titleholders, titleholders from the straight community, and titleholders from now defunct titles. Please, let me hear from you!" The book's dedicated E-mail address is "Once I have your contact details I can send you the information required for the book. Hopefully the book will be published sometime next year!"

 

Harley Davidson says new tariffs will impact sales and costs

NBC Nightly News
On Sunday, March 11 it was declared that Harley Davidson, facing declining sales and challenges from existing tariffs, is consolidating factories and eliminating jobs—with the company saying that President Trump’s recently announced tariffs would increase costs and impact sales. NBC News video at https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/harley-davidson-says-new-tariffs-will-impact-sales-and-costs-1183182403613

 

Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote

On April 1 you will be able to register for Reno Revelry. Spend a lovely fall weekend, October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/

 

Teach at IMsL through their 12T Workshop
By Lynn S.
Missed the IMsBB IMsL workshop deadline for this year? Have a new workshop you want to try out and get some feedback on? Want to gain some experience as a workshop presenter? You can do all of these by signing up your workshop for the 12T (12 minute talks). Any registered attendee can submit a proposal to do a mini- workshop on Saturday afternoon. You have 12 minutes to present, followed by three minutes for the audience to submit their evaluation. Topics can be on anything related to BDSM, kink, sex, relationships, play and/or the Leather community. Click on the link to apply by March 19. From March 19-26, anyone registered for the weekend will be able to vote for their favorite choices from those proposals that were submitted. The top vote getters will present on Saturday. The highest rated workshop from the 12T workshop will get a guaranteed spot in 2019 to present the workshop they submit. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org

Border Riders Motorcycle Club
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club has chapters in the Pacific Northwest and have been active for several decades. The photo above is from a summer 2017 run to Larabee State Park in Washington. Founded in 1969, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Our diverse membership hails mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. https://www.facebook.com/Border-Riders-Motorcycle-Club-99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

 

Love Behind Bars with BLUF

Bears LA presented Love Behind Bars with BLUF Night at the Eagle LA with Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Kaufher. Prison beat downs by DJ Candy kept the energy high. BLUF Night is always the second Friday at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/145027016188886/

 

SW Bootblack Boot Camp
The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/

 

21st Annual Jon-Henri Award Presentation to Gary Chichester
By Dean Ogren
The date March 31 commemorates what would’ve been Damski’s 81st birthday and celebrates the tremendous commitment of Gary Chichester, to honor and& acknowledge the 50 plus years of contributions he has made to the LGBT community. In 1971 Gary co-founded the Chicago Gay Alliance, which created Chicago’s first gay and lesbian community center. He has served on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues since 1989 and has sat on the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Committee from its inception in 1991 (co-chairing it since 1992). Besides having been a Chicago pioneer in the renascent gay and lesbian rights activism of the early 1970s, Gary Chichester has for more than 20 years been an indefatigable organizer of events and fundraising. Saturday, March 31, 2 PM at Sidetrack, 3549 North Halsted, Chicago. IL. Read more about Gary's tremendous history and commitment here https://www.facebook.com/events/335993433574588/

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Trivia Question of the Week

Who is the author of Urban Aboriginals?

1. Tony DeBlase.

2. Race Bannon.

3. Geoff Mains.

4. Hardy Haberman.

5. Guy Baldwin.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Which of the following cities never had a chapter in the National Leather Association or later International Leather Association? Omaha, Nebraska.

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Smokeout 2018 in Las Vegas - second private pool added

Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-8 and since registration is so strong, a second pool has been reserved exclusively for Smokeout. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.

 

NLA announces Writer's Awards nominees
By CandiAnne
National Leather Association - International (NLA - I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes. The Awards will be presented on October 21 in Reno, NV. Read the entire story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2005-nla-writer-s-awards-nominees-announced

 

46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards - Voting open now
By Marc Owens aka pony
Voting for the 2018 Golden Dildeaux Awards has begun! Go to http://www.ggguards.org/gda/votingBallot.htm and place your votes for some of the funniest categories such as The Top of Them All (The "Master and Commander Award) Best Butch Woman…The “Big Boo' Award and Best Puppy Player...(The "Pup F(r)iction Award" Award) and many more. For a dollar one can vote for a candidate or vote as many times as you like. The Golden Dildeaux Awards Saturday will be presented to the deserving on April 14 at 7 PM at SF Eagle, 398 12th Street in San Francisco, CA.

 

Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII
Bear, Bikers and Mayhem will be held April 5-8 at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA. One of the highlights will be the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests. The Pandemonium Party on Friday provides an opportunity for Leather and fetish men to welcome bears to their brand of fun. The Boots to Briefs Party on Saturday is a chance for bears to show their hospitality. A few of the many events are bowling, field trip to Boswell Pipe Factory, Battlefield bus tour, meals, cigar party, cuddle room, puppy mosh pit, Smell My Pits Pig, comedy show, porn star bingo, after party, vendors and farewell brunch. There are 11 beneficiaries. http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com

 

Raw! Uncut! Video! Fundraiser at Mr. S Leathers
By Ryan White
Join in at 7 PM on March 23 at Mr. S Leathers, 385 8th Street, San Francisco) to get a sneak peek at the new documentary Raw! Uncut! Video! about gay fetish porn studio Palm Drive Video – and help us finish the film. We'll be premiering our brand new trailer and screening scenes from Palm Drive's classic film Hazing In The Hay, followed by a rare Q&A with Palm Drive creators Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry. Plus there will be interactive performances by SF Baloney, live fetish demos, music by John Fucking Cartwright, and an opportunity to pick up our exclusive new t-shirt by ButchDick. All money raised will go towards our final shoots in Spring 2018 and to kick off our post-production.  More info at http://www.rawuncutvideo.com/events Follow at @rawuncutvideo

Growlr Bear Den
The Bullet Bar will host Growlr Bear Den with DJ Sean Niles on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Show that you're a GROWLR subscriber and receive happy hour prices Hang with some fur by the fire pit on our patio. https://www.facebook.com/events/241523539724351/

 

Mr. Leather64TEN 2018
By Miguel Ortuno
Kurt Allen was chosen to be Mr. Leather64TEN 2018 on Saturday night, March 10 and will compete at International Mr. Leather in May, only a few miles from Leaher64TEN. Natural Chameleon was the runner-up, and Gabe also competed. The judges were Mr. Leather64TEN 2015 Michael Pacas, Mr. Leather64TEN 2017 Tj Howard, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Sir G., Jack McNulty. A raffle raised $1,500 with $500 a-piece benefiting the Leather Archives & Museum, CLAW and the Titans of the Midwest. The Dirty Boys and Danishes Brunch and Kink U Classes by Titans of the Midwest made for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. About 300 Leatherfolk attended weekend events. http://www.Leather64TEN.com

Buns and Baskets
Buns and Baskets will be held on March 24 at the Dunes Resort, Saugatuck, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI 49406. Join Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Tim Koski for a fun night of hot guys and big baskets. https://www.facebook.com/events/425645497868924/

 

ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
The men of ONYX NY Northeast celebrated their bar night at their new home bar The Eagle NYC on Saturday, March 10. Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. We seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/

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Washington State Leather Pride
By Toby Noon
The Washington State Leather Community will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary of the Washington State Mr./Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest to be held on March 24, along with the 26th Anniversary of the Washington State Leather Pride Week March 15-25. Washington State Mr. Leather 2017 Travis Williams, Washington State Ms Leather 2017 Carla Whitehurst and Washington State Bootblack 2017 Caleb Kohutek will end their very successful year of fundraising, extensive travel and community service this weekend. For more information check out the WSMLO website at http://www.WSMLO.org

Southland Honors in June
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, June 23 at Taix in the Echo Park district of los angeles, CA. The Southland Honors Dinner was planned to be during Leather HEAT on April 27, but that event was canceled by its producers. Southland Honors is owned by the los angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. This will be a single event and will be a formal banquet. Ticket and nomination information will be available soon.

 

Monthly Fetish - Spanking

Spanking is the theme of the latest edition of Monthly Fetish, and readers will learn about the thin line between pleasure and pain, as well as the do’s and don’ts of spanking. Many aspects of the spanking fetish are covered, including the history and how it’s ingrained in our culture more than most fetishes, the art of spanking in newspapers, comic books, magazines and printed art pieces, a guide to the proper way to spank, how to get involved in spanking online and in real life, and a news piece about which celebrities are kinky. The Unbound Interview is with Sarah Gregory, the Queen of Spanking. Sarah is a switch who enjoys being on the giving and receiving ends.... Read the interview in its entirety at http://www.monthlyfetish.com/interviews/unbound-interview-with-sarah-gregory-shes-just-a-girl-who-loves- to-be-spanked/ to-be-spanked/

Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia
Leather and Fetish Milano are presenting Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia 2018 March 16-18 at Bangalov, Via Calabria 5, 20158 Milan, Italy. Events include Buffet and Fetish night on Friday; Fetish dinner and Mr. Puppy Italy on Saturday; and Essence of Brunch on Sunday. Dress code is Leather, rubber, skin, uniforms, sport, jeans and boots, Lycra, Fetish-underwear. https://www.facebook.com/events/2009405335940723/

 

Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!
Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!, was hosted by PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys  at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 3. The sexiest rubber/latex, neoprene and lycra were seen along with go-go boys, live DJ, drink specials, pig shots, prizes, fun and filth. https://www.facebook.com/events/1851009521639439/

 

Austin Gears and The Weird City Sisters to screen Tom of Finland
The Austin Gears with The Weird City Sisters in conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a screening of Tom of Finland in a fundraising effort for the Kind Clinic. The screening will be at the Alamo Drafthouse Village Austin, Texas 78757 on April 11 at 8 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/1730178533739707/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

 

MAUL and COMMAND bar night
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, March 17 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org

 

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/

 

Seattle Men in Leather - SLAM!
The Seattle Men in Leather will host SLAM! Seattle Leather Artists Media Show on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM at a private location on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington 98122. SML is hosting a new Leather Week event to celebrate and introduce artists who create erotic male Leather, uniform, rubber, kink and fetish visual art by inviting them to display their work to SML members and the larger Seattle BDSM community. https://seattlemeninleather.org/

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary
The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. The run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

 

CLAW - Academy Dungeon returns
There will again be play in the Academy Dungeon at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. CLAW returns to the Academy Dungeon for a second year. The well-equipped facility hosts our Men’s BDSM Play parties and some skills education sessions. And for the 18th year, CLAW is proud to call the Leather Stallion Saloon home. Ohio’s oldest continuous gay bar is better than ever with the back-patio rocking with men, rain or shine. Six different CLAW 18 events are scheduled at the Stallion. These categories have several workshops under them. For details on what gets you hot, go to https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/se-listing-simple

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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

BLUF: DC at DC Eagle
BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. March 4 and April 1 are up next. https://www.facebook.com/eagleDC/

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary
The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. The run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

 

DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed
DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women, and will be held June 8-11 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. Registration is $225 until March 31. https://desireleatherwomen.org/news/

LA Leather Coalition - Twisted Easter
The LA Leather Coalition will present Twisted Easter on Sunday, April 1 at the Eagle LA from 3-7 PM. Join in for some wicked good times as we celebrate Easter and April Fool’s Day. Proceeds to benefit Ms los angeles Leather Scarlett Sin’s title run for International Ms Leather 2018, $5 donation requested. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/events/220234542047852/?ti=icl

 

BHT Pasta Night at Schola
Brother Help Thyself will raise funds through its BHT Pasta Night at Schola in Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM. Learn to cook a great Italian Pasta dish with similarly minded folks in support of BHT's LGBTQ grant making operations. All proceeds from the $59 cost per person will be generously donated to BHT. Whether you've donated before, are looking to support your community in new ways, or are looking to get involved with BHT as a community director, please join us for this event. Schola, 1005 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. https://www.facebook.com/events/306345209892887/

 

House of MarKus - IMPACT 101
Personal Responsibility in Unsafe Kink, hosted by House of MarKus at Leather Masters on Saturday, March 24 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. This will be basically like our Impact Class and SM 101 class combined. Introduction to BDSM topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual. IMPACT 101 will be focused on those just getting their feet wet in the rough body play, impact play, and using implements during a scene. We will cover topics such as negotiations, safety, consent, different types of toys and play, as well as their proper use. For more information and tickets go to http://www.leathermasters.com

 

20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be on Saturday, December 8 at 12 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The beneficiaries were announced on February 19 by Rik Newton Treadway, founder and producer of the 12 Days of Christmas fundraiser. The beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore, The Attic Youth Center of Philadelphia, Mary's House for Older Adult's in Washington, DC and The Baltimore Transgendered Alliance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1366488703480534/

Eagle NYC - Impact Play 101
Public · Hosted by The Eagle NYC will present Impact Play 101 on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 PM. "A Deeper, More Primal Sense of Self" said Mr. Eagle NYC 2018 Joseph. Impact Play 101 will be facilitated by Master Joshua. Eagle NYC, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/931334163715179/

 

Behind the Bar: An Interview with Eagle LA's Charlie Matula
By Gay Life LA
The Eagle, created by Matula and husband Vince Quattrocchi, will be 12 years old in April. In April of this year, the Eagle LA will be 12 years old, making it in some ways the “Daddy bar” of gay LA. The Eagle LA’s Charlie Matula (Photo by Dusti Cunningham / http://www.dusticunningham.com The Eagle LA was opened in April 2006 by Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi. Its location on 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake, has quite a history. It was home to a gay bar known as the Shed from 1968 to 1972, then the Outcast from 1972 to 1983, and then the Gauntlet II from 1983 to 2005. There was an earlier Eagle, in West Hollywood at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. It opened in 1980 and closed in 1995. Complete interview at http://gaylifela.com/behind-bar-interview-eagle-las-charlie-matula/

 

los angeles Leather Pride Week

 

Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party
Sister Mariposa joined forces with Sister Cora Upshun, opening her home in Downey, CA to host the fabulous Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party on Saturday, March 10 and rain did not keep Leatherfolk from LA, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties from attending. https://www.facebook.com/events/177528192844206/permalink/195083914421967 The Garden Party was the departure point for this year's Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses left the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl
New addition to this year's festivities was a Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers have teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses will leave the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. In no particular order we will visit Oil Can Harry's, Eagle LA, Faultline, Precinct, and Eagle 562. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Avatar - Harder, Men only Play Party
Avatar Club Los Angeles's entry into LA Leather Pride Week will be its Harder, Men only Play Party on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. This is a night of abandonment, play, sex, fun, four slings, crosses, sex, large dark room, water sports area, BDSM scenes, bondage, spanking, much more. Multiple play rooms with fuck beds, fuck benches, tons of BDSM equipment, free clothes check, great music, snack and beverage station, outdoor smoking area. https://www.facebook.com/events/160810781382317/

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/

Tom of Finland at los angeles Zine and Art Book Bazaar
The Tom of Finland Foundation will be at LAZAABB which is a new independent zine and art book event co-founded by Josh Paul Thomas and Robert Zin Stark. It will host over 50 zine and art book publishers and feature a vast variety of artists, zine makers, publishers, galleries, art book enthusiast, mystics, psychics and astrologers. Grassroots, underground, queer and ‘the unheard of’ welcomed. Events run March 16-18 at the Museum as Retail Space. To see the schedule go to https://www.facebook.com/events/153184318697760/

Bullet Bar - Fox Hole: Foreplay
Saturday, March 17 Fox Hole: Foreplay by Green Mirror will be at the Bullet Bar on Saturday, March 17 at 9 PM. Fox Hole: Foreplay is a bathhouse theme party celebrating the golden days and los angeles Leather Pride Week. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

 

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and los angeles Leather Pride will host the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM. The Kick Off Party features a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually enter on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/ and/or https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

LA LA Leather, Opus 2
LA LA Leather returns 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. Michael Crane, Music Director. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

DIVERCity LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather
On Tuesday. March 20, DIVERCity LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather, Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, West Hollywood, 6:30pm-9pm LA Leather Pride sponsors an interactive discussion, to include exercises and breakout sessions. Attendees will hear testimonials from a diverse group of voices telling their experiences of discrimination, both intentional and unintentional. Moderators will engage audience and encourage active dialogue. Listen and be heard. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Meet and Greet + Roast
Greet the meat! Come out on Thursday night, March 22 to mingle with the 11 gentlemen who will be onstage for Mr. los angeles Leather 2018, plus the judges, contest crew, and behind-the-scenes folks who make it all happen. It’s all going on during Precinct DTLA’s regular Thursday underwear party, Cheap and Easy, so you know it’s going to be a riot. Gold lame’?? Send off LA’s favorite Leather muscle man in style – and get all the dirt on his year as Mr. LA Leather 2017. Produced with love by his brothers in the LABB. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Regiment of the Black and Tans - Assembly Uniform Reception
The Regiment of the Black and Tans and los angeles Leather Pride present Assembly Uniform Reception on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM at Rough Trade Gear. The California B&B Corps, BLUF, and The Regiment of the Black and Tans present the Southland’s hottest uniform dress code event. Strict Dress Code applies to this event Rough Trade Gear. 3915 West Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/223248438221645/ and http://blackandtans.org/news/

 

Leather Dog Pound at LA Leather Pride
Leather Dog Pound is being hosted by los angeles Puppy Pride and los angeles Pup Contest at the Bullet Bar on Friday, March 23 at 9 PM. Four years ago, we decided that some pups needed a place to go on LA Leather Weekend, and so Leather Dog Pound is back this year again as a part of the celebration! One night before we meet the new Mr. los angeles Leather, we get to romp around and celebrate one of the most clear cut origins of our human pup tribe, and what better way than to meet up at the Bullet in our Leathers, have a couple beers, bring our handlers with some treats, floggers, and show our pride in all our pack family. Go go Pups, DJ, two pup crates, St. Andrew’s Cross and more. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/353219768417074/

Den LA Presents: LA Leather Pride!
Dive into the Official Dance and Play Party of los angeles Leather Pride Week on Friday, March 23 at Sanctuary LAX Studios at 9 PM. Welcome to LA's hottest, exclusive, private, Euro-Style Dance and Play Party just for men. Where you can throw on your hottest gear, dance to the sickest beats and have an awesome time playing in the backrooms, beds, and slings with no holds barred sex and camaraderie. Dance to the sexiest beats in the main room and explore the play spaces throughout, including theme rooms, fuck benches, dungeon bed, and two slings. Smell-patrol in full effect, no heavy cologne or deodorant, we're all men here. Open bar. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.denlapresents.com/

 

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/

Legion Meets Megawoof

Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance, produced by Justin David, Hunter Fox and Paul Nicholls. Get your GEAR and get to the biggest club event of LA Leather Pride Weekend at the Globe Theater in downtown los angeles - same venue as the Mr. los angeles Leather contest. DJ Tom Stephan (MegaWoof London) and DJ Glovibes (MegaWoof America) plus Major Production and The Legion Dancers. https://www.facebook.com/events/191648001591517/

Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next one is during LA Leather Pride on Saturday, March 24 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/130452464444475/

 

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, C 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

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ccreaneimagesHS4MediaAbove: Christina Court (center) is surrounded by documentary participants on the red carpet debut of her award winning documentary High Shine.

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

After IMsL’s 25th Anniversary, Jayson Daboi (a bootblack and IMsBB 2010 ) felt it was time to tell their story, the Journey of the International Ms Bootblacks. He wanted to tell the story of how significant it was to be a female-identified bootblack, and how they had impacted and made changes in the Leather Community...he and his good friend, L.e. LeGirl, another Leather Community Member, wanted to bring it into part of the 15 year IMsBB Celebration. They had come up with a proposal that included the Documentary. They weren’t sure how they were going to do it, but they began the process anyway. L.e. LeGirl dedicated herself to the fundraising, having Leather & Lace parties all across the country. They wanted to be able to have as many IMsBB as they could, interviewed on film, and their stories told.  In late 2011, Jayson Daboi approached Christina Court about making the documentary, and she agreed to take on the endeavor which included, coordination, research and production of "The Bootblack Film". It became a second job, spanning just over 3 years to completion this year, 2015.

SEE FULL PHOTO GALLERY OF HIGH SHINE RED CARPET HERE!

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

To understand what it takes to make this Documentary, you have to remember, film was in different formats, and at various places.  There was dated film that reached all the way back to 1986 that was located in storage units in Berkeley. There were boxes of film in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone had to go get it. Christina had no idea of what some of the old film had on it, was it even salvageable, was it even useable...This Project also included getting as many IMsBB Bootblacks together and recording the stories of willing IMsBB Bootblacks. Then taking these various montages, and combining it all together into one film. With the help, coordination and assistance of various individuals, the dream making a documentary of International Ms Bootblacks became a reality, and High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack was born.

Last month, “High Shine” finally made it's debut at the Cinekink Festival in New York City. In attendance were many of the individuals that not only helped bring the film together, such as L.E. LeGirl, but also a few of the International Ms Bootblacks, including the first of the IMsBB Titleholders, Leslie Anderson, IMsBB 2011 kd aka Katie Diamond, who also designed the challenge coin that is used as the logo, and Pony, IMsBB 2009.  Making a documentary is not an easy task, it takes tireless dedication, unwavering focus, a lot of help and a lot of time.

I decided to sit down with Christina Court to discuss what brought her to making this her first film, how she got through it, and a few insights into the process and just what it took to make this Documentary.

 

Q: Why did you make this particular Documentary on Female Bootblacks, or what inspired you to make this particular Documentary?

The better question is who inspired me to make a documentary about female-identified bootblacks...and that would be IMsBB 2010 Jayson DaBoi and IMsBB 2009 Pony.

In 2011-2012, I assisted then-IMsL owner Glenda Rider and the folks at Kink Academy with some of the storyboarding aspects of Sisterhood of the Sash, a film short that profiled the International Ms Leather Titleholders. I came into the project toward the very end, as they were making a push toward meeting the CineKink 2012 deadline.  I loved working on the film project and working with Graydancer, who was the film's editor. After CineKink 2012, Glenda began to talk about the IMsBB Documentary that L.E. LeGirl and Jayson DaBoi proposed to her as part of a larger IMsBB XV Celebration. I agreed to help with the research/directing/storyboarding aspects of the film.  It was at the GLLA (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) Weekend that I sat with Jayson DaBoi and smoked cigars until 4am, and agreed to take on the project.

 

Q: I would like for you to shed some light on how hard it was to make this Documentary...and what are some of the things you had to do in putting this story together?

I started doing the research for this film in August 2011. I live less than 15 minutes away from Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), which is an exceptional advantage to me as a researcher. From 2011 through August 2013, I was also serving on the IMsL staff as the Historian and Archivist. Holding this role in tandem helped simply because it was my "job" to track down lost and rare IMsL organization materials...and I still have some "on loan" media materials that I utilized in the High Shine film that, within the next two years, will also end up at LA&M for future researchers and scholars. I spent much of my "free time" seeking out materials, converting footage from antiquated media sources.  

Then on to the interviews of the IMsBB Alumni. Most people don't realize that, to prepare for a massive, six-person film crew, one-time film shoot like we did at IMsL 2013 requires a heap of planning and organization and knowledge of the subject's backgrounds. Nine of the IMsBB alumni were in attendance, and I needed to know a bit of each of their stories, what their title year looked like, all before we put a camera on them or set foot in the IMsL 2013 hotel. Much of this information was buried within unconverted VHS tapes or without a centralized depository of images, articles, etc., it becomes a wild and challenging mystery.

I've read every single piece all the way down to the grocery lists scribbled on scratch paper.  I have watched every IMsL contest I could locate. In order to utilize old footage, which was mostly stored on VHS and mini discs, I needed to convert everything and do some sound and image editing before even considering whether or not they were "usable" in the High Shine film. These media conversions alone have taken hours upon hours, and I did them at night and on weekends when I wasn't working my full-time professional job. On average, since late 2011, I've worked between 30-40 hours a week on something related to IMsL or IMsBB history…

 

Q: Are there particular moments or people in the film that you feel we should really pay attention to in the Documentary?

I think it all depends on the motivation that brings a person to watch the film--each person walks away learning something "new," even if they've been in the Leather Community a long while or just trying to understand what some of this "Leather stuff" is about.

What strikes me the most about the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) and female-identified Bootblack "story" is how those who hear the calling to be a Bootblack work and support one another, and I am often stunned and humbled by just how close knit the Leather community Bootblacks are with one another. On a different, level, I find that the stories that the IMsBB’s tell about busting through barriers in the gay male Leather community to be inspiring and empowering...and the changes that have happened in terms of female accessibility to Leather space has been fast and furious over the past 15 years.

 

ccreaneimagesHS9MediaQ: Throughout the film, were there any in particular bootblacks that have touched or inspired you on a personal level?

The first International Ms Leather Leslie Anderson (IMsBB 1999) and I have worked closely together over the years on the High Shine film and within the Leather Archives & Museum's Leather Preservation & Conservation Project. In watching her work, I see the amount of research needed to keep our Leather alive--and not just research about leathers, but about so many aspects of the Leather Community. Loving Leather also requires someone to learn their Leather history, and Leslie embodies this.

 

Q: Was there anything in particular that you personally learnt about Bootblacking?

While making this film, I learned so much from delving so deep into Bootblack history and bootblacking.  What's most striking to me was that I quickly learned that I couldn't separate the art and act of bootblacking from the Bootblack her/him/hirself.  While there are some basic techniques, some standardized tools and beloved products, Bootblacks don't do everything the same. In fact, more than one person I interviewed said, "Ask 10 Bootblacks a question, and you'll get 20 answers in reply."

 

Q: And in making this Documentary, how has doing this changed you, if it has?

First, let me say this: I absolutely loved having the honor of interviewing the IMsBBs and talking with so many Bootblacks. Bootblacks give in amazing ways. Interviewing them and then reviewing,  and spending so much time with the footage containing their stories of joys and sorrows has filled me in ways that are nothing less than spiritual. I will always be grateful for those whom we interviewed, and those having the courage to be so vulnerable and open to me and my team.

Trust me: it's not easy working a full time job, then coming home to try and work on a film that's financially breaking you... I think it's also important to be very honest about this experience. Since 2011, I have gained 70 pounds from sitting at my professional management job, then going home and sitting and working on editing and media conversions until 1am nightly.  My back went out on me in August 2014, and I ended up bedridden for almost two weeks. I took unpaid leave of absence from work specifically to get through a particularly research-heavy section of the film between 2013 and 2014.  It is exceptionally hard to try and work through rich and empowering footage, all the while bill collectors call. In essence, this film has made me "Leather Strong".

 

Q: Why did you choose Cinekink as your first place to debut the Documentary?

CineKink was the "obvious" choice for debuting High Shine for two specific reasons. It was where the first film project upon which I worked, Sisterhood of the Sash, debuted. For me, applying to CineKink and hoping I could do my world premiere at CineKink NYC, was a coming home and a full circle journey of sorts, and I am so pleased that things unfolded as they did.

It was at CineKink Chicago where I saw Mike Skiff's film, Kink Crusaders for the first time. It is a documentary about the IML experience and the IML 2008 contest, and I loved it. I remember watching the film and wondering why the International Women's contests didn't have anything equivalent and thinking that Leatherwomen should work to change that fact. Little did I know that, shortly thereafter, I'd be involved in creating that change and that, in 2013, I'd be working with Mike Skiff himself to create a feature-length film about female-identified Bootblacks and the IMsBB Title.

 

Q: Now that the film has been completed and it is out there to be seen by the public, how would you like it to impact people?

I think the best narrators are invisible to the story being presented. Now that the film is finished and being shared, it's my hope that, during a viewing of my film, I am forgotten...that would be the highest compliment for me to receive. In fact, after seeing the film, rather than turning and thinking of me, it's my greatest hope that folks turn and think about whether or not they've been tipping Bootblacks the amount of money that they're truly worth and giving Bootblacks the degree of respect they deserve.

 

Q: What do you want the current or future women, who are interested in bootblacking to know, understand or learning from this Documentary?

I wish for anyone who feels that they have a Bootblack Heart or the bootblacking bug to embrace that part of themselves, and never be embarrassed to reach out to another Bootblack. I find this generosity of time and spirit consistent with most Bootblacks I meet.  In learning the art, they hold onto the traditions of mentors and those who've passed, and in being such an inclusive bunch that often sees the "Bootblack" identity before sex, gender, orientation or presentation, they illustrate what could be the future for Leather, and in caring for others' Leather wear.


Q: Do you see yourself making any other Documentaries in the near future? or will you take a different film avenue?

Now that I've finished High Shine, I can also begin to move through a backlog of other interviews of Leather community members I've filmed (or inherited from previous videographers) for the LA&M Fireside Chat series, and I can begin to dive full throttle into the IML video production work needed to make the 2015 contest visuals look sexy as hell.

I have many "dream" documentaries I'd love to create and share with our community, so let's see what's ends up on my plate next. What I do know is that having the intent to provide a voice to people and resources that may otherwise be overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood.

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Ralph Bruneau - You have been an amazing IML. LA and Avatar are proud of you as should all of the naturists be.

Lenny Broberg - I hear you are retiring, not confirmed. You have done the SFPD and police overall, proud. Thank you for all you have done. Palm Springs next. Hope you find the largest and best house of your liking.

Tim Brough and Joel - Maybe dinner together during one of Palm Springs' special events - or come to LA. We have great delis.

Jaco Lourens - A one-way ticket to Southern California.

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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.

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

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tabitha imsbb contestant 2015Name: slave tabitha arie
Current Title: None past title: Southwest Bootblack 2009
City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Website (if any)  askmenetwork.com,  Facebook: /AskMe Network, Twitter: @AskMeNetwork

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
•    Team lead for graphic design and bootblack lounge for the Southwest Leather Conference (SWLC)
•    Always bootblacking at many local events such as Mr. Phoenix Leather and Southwest Leather Sir/boy & Community Bootblack

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
It would have to be my Red Sugar Fluevogs gifted to me by my Master. They are my high femme boots.  For bar wear (I am usually bootblacking), I love to wear my 16 inch Carolina Linesman Boots.  Both pairs make me feel powerful in different ways.

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 tabitha: I am being sponsored by Fantasies in Leather from Georgia, which in owned and operated by Archer and Elegant, both are fabulous craftsman. They sell beautiful custom leather and metal items. Elegant and I have become fast bootblack friends since I have started being part of Southwest Leather Conference.
My other sponsor is RnB Leather owned by Robert Schenberg.  Robert is a great person and gives so much to the local Phoenix community. He deserves your support.  I am so happy to have both sponsoring me this year. He just recently opened up a storefront...and he sells Huberd's!
Websites:
www.fantasiesinleather.com and www.etsy.com/shop/FantasiesInLeather
www.rnbleather.com

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Monday, 14 October 2013 15:12

IMsL/IMsBB 2014 judges announced

IMsL New LogoInternational Ms Leather and International Ms Boot Black 2014 (IMsL/IMsBB) will be held April 24-27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA

International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack are under the new ownership of Pat Baillie and Sharrin Spector..

Traditionally, the judges for IMsL/IMsBB and tallies are announced at the Ms San Francisco Leather contest and this year was no exception.

 

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Friday, 31 March 2017 13:17

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: xiaoyi

xiaoyi

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.  

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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.

 

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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.

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