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Viola M Johnson giving the keynote address at the 30th Anniversary of the International Ms. Leather Contest Victory Brunch. Her topic was "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants".  Gramma Vi introduced a new generation to those that came before, who were present with them ... in that moment.

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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Mr. LA Leather title goes to LA Leather Bear

The Mr. los angeles Leather 2018 contest saw Mr. LA Leather Bear Ben Johnson win he Mr. LA Leather 2018 title and the Brotherhood award which was selected by his fellow contestants at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. First runner-up was Mr. Precinct Leather Spike and second runner-up was Mr. 562 Eagle Leather Pup Yoshi. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave a rousing blessing. Jeremy Ronceros and Jasun Mark rocked as emcees and Pup Dazzle was amazing in his A Capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance immediately followed the contest. For more go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:00

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Girl Complex

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Ms. Alameda County Leather 2016

I produce events for Alameda County Leather Corps and I also do marketing for Catalyst SF.  My favorite leather item is my custom made

My favorite leather item is my custom made harness.

 

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.   My first sponsor is Alameda County Leather Corps, that is the leather, levi and uniform club that I am a member of and the current title holder for. My second sponsor is the Knight Hawks of Virginia, that is the first club I ever joined and I am currently the only girl member.   My third sponsor is Inked Kenny Photography, I started stalking Inked Kenny’s work through a friend and have been in love with his amazing work ever since.
www.acleather.org   
http://www.knighthawksofva.com  http://inkedkenny.com

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    United Negro College Fund – I attended a HBCU and I relish in that experience. The UNCF supports Historical Black Colleges and Universities and has given tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to African American college students.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I love community service. I ran for my current title because I knew it would be one that I would have to raise money for  my local area charities while at the same time increasing the exposure of our presence to non leather folks to our community in a way that is approachable.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    I am a leather woman because when Tom of Finland was painting he forgot to include women. I am a leather woman because I want to love in the way that Tom of Finland portrays in his pictures. I am a leather woman because I love the smell of leather and I love the look and feel of it against my naked skin. I am a leather woman because my little heart has been kinky since it arrived.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    Vi Johnson - Vi Johnson is part of my herstory as a black woman in leather. Vi Johnson’s dedication to preserving the his/herstory of the leather, fetish history is very inspiring to me.
What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional & social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?    The most dangerous misinformation that I believe is passed about our community is that we are somehow abnormal or defective. And that our abnormality is that the way we love is wrong.  I would combat that by telling them that the family we have built under the umbrella of leather builds a community that I have not seen replicated in the world.  We bring men and women together and support not only each other but the general world around us.  Leather grow.

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

Patty: I am honored to have three amazing sponsors!

Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTFF), of which I am a founding member, produces a variety of leather, fundraising and educational events. http://hotfftoronto.com/

Northbound Leather is a Canadian owned and operated leather/fetish business. I was Ms Northbound Leather 2013 and they have continued their generous sponsorship of me as Ms Leather Toronto 2014. http://hotfftoronto.com/

The Black Eagle Toronto has been my “home” for almost a decade. Whether I’ve been running women and trans* events, hosting fundraisers or just being social, the Black Eagle family has been an amazing support. http://blackeagletoronto.com/

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

Patty: I have spent my title year promoting and raising funds for an incredible charity, The Rainbow Railroad (www.rainbowrailroad.ca). In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of the Rainbow Railroad is to help lgbt people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence, murder or persecution.

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GoddessMoonLeatherJournal2Goddess Moon O’Neal

Ms. los angeles Leather 2016

los angeles, CA

Co-Producer of Club FUK (Femdom play party)

My knee high 20 hole Doc Martins.


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

The Ms. los angeles Leather Organization http://mslaleather.com/  and the los angeles Leather Coalition http://lalc.info/  are sponsoring my run. The Ms. los angeles Leather Organization produced by Shae Flanigan brought this title back after 17 years and I am honored to have worn the sash for the past year.


Tell us about your favorite charity.    

My Favorite Charity would have to You Are Not Alone. Being a suicide survivor myself and having mourned too many lives lost to suicide, I love being part of a movement that is there to help someone to not feel so alone that suicide is the answer.

 

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

Service is about giving back and support. Those willing to give of themselves back to the people and places that helped them when they needed it most; to support in anyway your able to.
What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    My love of my community, my desire to see my village to thrive. To be a mentor to the new generation, help them to experience the joys that our ways have to give.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    

Mistress Melissa Miles. She is the leather woman I hope to be when I grow up. She is the type of woman who doesn’t talk about what she is going to do, she just does it. She leads by action not talk. And she’s slightly scary.

 

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kate-bornstein-keynote-IMSL-2014IMsL Productions is pleased to announce that Kate Bornstein, author, playwright, performance artist, provocateur and gender theorist from New York, will be our 2014 Keynote speaker. She will bring her thoughts, her humor and as always, challenge us to expand our understanding and perceptions. Kate will also serve as one of our judges for the IMsL/IMsBB contest this year.

Many of us discovered Kate with her first book in 1994, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. Kate edited Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation in collaboration with S. Bear Bergman published in 2010, which won the 2011 Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards. Bornstein's autobiography, titled A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir was released May 2012, and in April 2013, Bornstein released My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity.

One of the best parts of the IMsL/IMsBB weekend is the diversity and power of women who span the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Kate, as our key note speaker at the April 24-27, 2014 event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA reflects these principles and this is a rare opportunity to hear Kate speak on the West Coast!

You can read all about Kate at her blog. Register now and be sure to purchase a brunch ticket or sign up for an all-inclusive weekend package so you don't miss this opportunity to see all the ways we are bringing sexy back!

 

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IMSL Contestant slavegirl marionName: slavegirl marion

Current Title: Oklahoma Ms Leather 2015

City, State: Muskogee, Oklahoma

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

Regular community events that you produce or participate 1. Oklahoma Ms Leather contest - planning committee member beginning this year; 2. Oklahoma Mr Leather contest - planning committee member since 2012; and 3. Kink Weekend OKC - volunteer and planning committee member since 2013.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: The boots I purchased last year from the IMsL contestant silent auction. I later learned that they had been IMsL 2015, Sarge’s boot camp boots. These boots pair well with the Leather skirt gifted to me by a dear friend.

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

I have three great sponsors: Xpressions Tulsa LC – Tulsa’s Premiere dungeon, play space, and meeting place, where I have been a volunteer staff member for more than six years; the Tulsa Eagle – the best gay & Leather bar in the Bible belt, my favorite hangout; and the Rose Rock girls of Leather – this great group of people are the producers of the Oklahoma Ms Leather title. The RRgoL participate in an assortment of charity fundraisers; perform various forms of service as a group, and individually, throughout the Leather, kink, BDSM, and vanilla communities.

 

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:33

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Luca

LucaMsLT 9631Name:  Luca
Current Title:  Ms Leather Toronto 2015
City, State:  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
HOTFF Surge Kinky Women’s and Trans Munch (as an organizer)
Unholy Harvest (as a workshop presenter)
Master/slave Con (as an avid participant)

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear:

That is a hard choice between my Wesco motorcycle boots and my beloved leather kilt.

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 Luca: Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTFF) is our local patch club which produces the Mr. Leather Toronto, Ms Leather Toronto, Bootblack Toronto, Mr. Rubber Toronto, Toronto Puppy, and Mr. Leather Fellowship contests. 

I am also sponsored by the Black Eagle in Toronto, our local Leather bar and a focal point for many of our Leather events. 

I have been involved with HOTFF as a title holder since 2014, and as a enthusiastic patron of the Eagle for much longer.

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Monday, 04 August 2014 08:56

ROMP San Diego will be held August 22-24

ROMP San Diego-logo-web.pngROMP San Diego will be held August 22-24 at the Victory Theater in National City and will feature the Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather 2014 contests and the first San Diego Bootblack contest.

The judging panel will include International Ms Leather 1987 Judy Tallwing-McCarthy, International Mr. Leather 1979 David Kloss, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, American Leatherwoman 2013 OB Hamm, American Leatherman 2013 Aaron Duke, Ms San Diego Leather 2012 Wish and International Mr. Bootblack 2004 Allen Tunstall.

The San Diego Bootblack judges will be International Ms Bootblack 2008 Q, International Community Bootblack 2006 Henry James, Maryland Mr. Leather Rik "Hooker" Newton-Treadway.

 

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Patpicnew2 WebThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has announced that Pat Baillie will receive the organization's Ninth Annual Leather Leadership Award at the Task Force's 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Over 4,000 leaders and activists are expected to attend the conference, which will be held in Houston, January 29 to February 1.

"We are very proud to honor Pat's long dedication to and leadership in our movement," said Rea Carey, Task Force executive director. "Pat's exemplary career in the Air Force and as a rock-solid pillar of the Leather community inspires all of us to do more, to do it better and to stay the course."

The award will recognize Baillie's more than three decades of leadership and activism within and on behalf of the Leather community. Among many other achievements, she is International Ms Leather 1995, a founder of Leather Women United, a Vice Chair of the National Leather Leadership Conference and in September 2013 became co-producer of the International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack Contest. See editors note for biography."

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Sunday, 31 March 2013 03:00

IMsL XXVII 2013 Contestant Christy Ford

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

CF: Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) is a non-profit organization that promotes educational and charitable activities through social interaction among people with an interest in leather, Levi’s, uniforms, and latex. The club is composed mostly of residents from San Francisco’s East and South Bays. ACLC was founded in 1993 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) leather corps, and has since donated in excess of $300,000 to charities serving Alameda County. We are proud to state that 100% of the net receipts, raised at our events, go directly to the chosen charities. ACLC’s website is:  http://www.acleather.org/

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

CF:

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

CF: My preferences, in regards to kink actives, are not confined to limited landscapes. My strength of will is matched by my innate character of fairness. I enjoy drawing people into my world, where they will belong. Being especially sensual and erotic, I enjoy sharing fantasies and indulging fetishes. My keep my sphere safe, in which I explore my deepest, darkest, and most secret desires within S&M, B&D, and Fetish. I am a sadistic top who teaches and tortures partners, to shape them to my perfection. My partners serve and suffer pain, by my stinging touch. 

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

CF: I believe in selfless service to the leather community, which I demonstrate when I participate or produce an event and it benefits our leather/bdsm/fetish community, and I view service by all as a vital part of the camaraderie process. We all provide some type of service, whether we think of it as service or not, and I believe there is nothing sexier than when service is offered and provided out of a genuine and deep desire to help and be of service to others.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

CF: The scent of worn leather makes me genuinely a little hot and bothered. My reaction is similar to when I smell a good cigar or pipe tobacco, which is also a strong attraction of mine. Words that come to my mind when I think of the smell include: sexy, powerful and raw. Adding piss play into the mix of worn leather pants totally gets my attention every time!

The basics:
Name: Christy Ford
City, State: San Ramon, CA

I am a co-chair of ACLC’s Education Program, which is held the fourth Monday of the month at the Lighthouse Community Center in Hayward, California.

This year I produced Santa Slave Auction, a yearly event through ACLC where we auction off local community members for charity.

I am a co-producer of Lucky in Leather, a yearly event that raises funds for Tri-City Health Center, California.

CF: (my favorite leather?) My favorite leathers are my cargo pants; I just love all the pockets. I use them to carry around everything from lube to my lipstick.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

CF: In my title year I would like to incorporate my biggest interest into my duties, which happens to be art. Specifically, I would like to learn about other leather women’s mediums for their art, whether it be photography, acrylic or oil on canvas, or leatherwork. In my travels, I want to share, document, and highlight female artists within our sisterhood. My goal is to leave behind a living archive of 2013’s female perceptions of sexuality in the leather community. As a photographer myself, I wish to document the women who make our leather events happen, the people whom I spent time with, shared stories, and include both the well-known and unfamiliar of our community.

 

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Survived by her life partner Margaret Begley. Meek had been suffering illness and had suffered several falls over the last few months but details surrounding her death this morning are unknown at this time.

Amy Marie was known to many as Daddy, Bare or Papa or Aunt Bare.  The nickname Bare was short for Bare Images, which was the company that Meek ran that actually held ownership of IMsL during Meeks "IMsL Gen 2".

Amy Marie "Bare" Meek with IMsBB 03 Boi Eddie Shared by a Screen Shot from High Shine by Christina Court of High Moo Productions

Perhaps best known for her IMsL/IMsBB Legacy, her title journey started in 1992 with Ms Nebraska Leather. Then in 1993 she won International Ms Leather. In 1994 she purchased IMsL from the board and ran the contest 1995-2006.  It was under her ownership that the contest grew into the weekend event style we enjoy today. It was also Meek who approached Chuck Renslow, owner of the then co-ed International Bootblack Contest, and convinced him to endorse splitting the contest in two. Creating the International Ms. Bootblack Contest in 1999.

Meek is the first of the IMsL/IMsBB Alumni to pass away. Our hearts go out to each and every reader whose life was made better by this phenomenal woman.

Meek was the first female to judge IML, however, she was so much more than a titleholder. Amy Marie has been described as trailblazer. An out and proud lesbian since the 80’s. She came out in high school amid a climate that was less than ideal or supportive.  She was also an activist. Meek was a member of the 1993 March on Washington as well as a rabid backer for the DSM-IV revisions.

Amy Marie was definitely her own person and lived life on her own terms.  She was an influence to those who sought out how to be masculine women and have pride in one's self and their community, no matter what community one’s path would take them to. An unorthodox sense of humor, Meek gave hugs that tried to heal the world.  Even when she didn’t understand or appreciate a person's view she still loved and encouraged them to follow their heart.

Unapologetic, strong, brave, and troubled, Amy Marie “Bare” Meek was a Leather Icon. Her methods of community involvement made for some legendary battles. But, one thing is for certain, Amy Marie Meek forever changed the leather landscape for all women.

 

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

MC: I am sponsored by the Great Lakes Leather Alliance whose mission is to build bridges between the Leather, BDSM, D/s, M/s, Fetish, and alternative lifestyle communities. I’ve been a presenter at their annual events for 6 years & am honored to represent my multi-state region as their titleholder and strive to live up to their mission.  http://www.greatlakesleather.org 

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

MC: The smart ass answer is “Yes.”  But I will say I answer to both aspects of the lifestyle.

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

MC: I entered the lifestyle as a collared slave and brought my unique play style to the relationship.  I currently own one collared Leather Pup.  I identify as a Sensual Sadist and Heavy Masochist Bi-sexual Switch depending on who in my Leather family I am playing with I incorporate both Power Exchange and Heavy SM play into my life.  I find joy in service and nurture my play partners and family members.  I am Matriarch and Mother Goddess as well as muppet-like sex toy.  My family accepts my unique blend of sexuality, geekiness, and Power.

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

MC:As human beings we should all serve each other here on this Earth to make a better place.  We serve our own needs by being in touch with the greater good.  It is a joy to serve my family, friends, and community, but real service is what you do when no one is looking.  So there is not shame in serving those who are strangers as well, even if it is just opening a door or asking them to have a pleasant day.

As a Dominant, I nurture the joy in acts of service with those who submit or bottom to me.  I grow into myself as I learn how to accept their service in what capacity they can give, and it is my duty to help them see where their innermost self can find freedom and growth.

As a former slave and as a submissive or bottom to the right Dominant, I find my pleasure in providing the best service I can to that person.  I have learned that I can do that without losing my “self.” And only by being my true authentic self can I actually provide the best service.

As an educator in the lifestyle I hope that by providing my actions as an example to others we can all learn to serve the greater community by bettering ourselves and communicating to each other in a positive manner.  I have made mistakes and learned over the years that it is not selfish to serve ones own needs before others, and that I can accept my true core self and love it.  For honestly, if our own needs aren’t met how can we possibly be able to serve with integrity, honor, and love.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

MC: Squeek.  No seriously, just the thought of my face being near a Dominant boot and rubbing against it like a cat in heat gives me pussy clenches.  By the same token, I am a sensualist and the touch of leather on my body makes me feel like liquid sex.  My fingers ache to stroke and touch and if I happen to be wearing panties at the time they get very wet.  When I am feeling small or having an issue, someone putting their jacket over my shoulders is also comforting.  There is an energy of protection and sensuality that pervades leather since it comes from another living creature.  There is a primal knowledge and response in my body no matter what the circumstances.

contestant-imsl-2013-cherries-jubalieThe basics:
Ms. CherriesJubalie

Chicago, Illinois

(my favorite leather?) You are talking to a woman who has over 322 pairs of shoes and boots.  It is difficult to pick one outfit or pair.  I look cute and sexy in my leather dragon corset dress from Marvelous Mayhem and I pair it with one-of-a-kind iridescent purple and green knee-high 5” heel boots custom made by Skyscraper Heels.   I add the leather boa and I am set to go.  However that is just one facet of my personality.  When I rock out in leather pants and bra with my garter holsters by Skin Graft I feel like a cougar on the prowl.  Hot, sexy, and ready to find the closest dark and dirty alley to have a little something, something.  It honestly depends on my mood.  Do I feel shy and coquettish and submissive, or powerful like the Dark Sex Goddess I am.  Personally, as long as some of it ends up on the floor of my bedroom after the bar…I’m good.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

MC: It is an opportunity for me to have the backing of the entire Leather community as I travel the country and internationally to educate people about our lifestyle, and have sex positive outcomes. People should never be ashamed of who they are.  IMsL is a symbol of potential growth and liberation on my journey through leather and life, as well as for those who I meet on that journey.  I expect to be a role model to inspire those who need help in their own journey into their authentic self.

 

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Saturday, 05 April 2014 05:39

Meet The Contestants IMsL 2014: Flossie

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?
F: I am being sponsored by SouthEast LeatherFest https://secure.seleatherfest.com - Bulldog Custom Leathers http://www.bulldogcustomleathers.com and Columbia Leather Order.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.
F: I support many charities one of my favorites has to be Harriet Hancock LGBT Center. It was one of the first LGBT support centers in the southeast starting in 1993. The center offers many programs to the community including Youth Out Loud, which gives youth 12-19 years of age a safe place to go for resources and LGBTQ Interpersonal Violence Task Force, which offers assistance to those in abusive relationships.  http://lgbtcentersc.org/

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