When I was invited to judge the Mr. South Africa Leather contest it took about half a second to say "yes." It didn't sink in until later the impact of that invite. To date, South Africa has not had an international judge let alone a female judge. The producer, Jaco Lourens, is a ground breaker and a visionary. Where South Africa has many visible Leathermen the women are not so visible. His hopes were to show the women of South Africa that Leatherwomen do exist around the world and that we will be embraced as part of the family. His plan worked....
Actor, singer, choreographer, Drag-U guest instructor, Leatherman and Los Angelino Mario Mosley lives day to day like most actors in Los Angeles, attending one casting call after another. Until recently at least when he attended a casting call for the los angeles Gay Men's Chorus production of It Gets Better Musical. The panel of directors and producers were faced with several challenges not typical of casting couches in los angeles. Mosley recalls the casting call meeting the panel asking several questions, "...they asked how I felt about potential protesters. I remember thinking then, I have to do this, oh my god, I can make a difference and I get to do it with a bunch of gay guys!"
The Master/slave Conference 2012 (MsC) paid a heartfelt tribute to Leatherwomen during its special program Our Traditions Live on Saturday evening, September 1 in Washington, DCWritten by Master Taino
The Master/slave Conference 2012 (MsC) paid a heartfelt tribute to Leatherwomen during its special program Our Traditions Live on Saturday evening, September 1 in Washington, DC. The program was key to another successful MsC over this past Labor Day Weekend in the nation's capital.
The main speaker of the evening was Master J from Arlington, VA. She did a recollection of her life and the hard times that she, as a Leatherwoman, had to break into a Leathermen’s world. She praised the Master/slave community for being so accepting of women particularly as dominant and powerful Masters.
The Our Traditions Live program followed that of the traditional formal Leather banquet.