On Sunday, August 11, 2013, Blackout Leather Productions held its Annual Rose and Thorn Awards Ceremony at Charley’s on Grand in the Courtyard by Marriott. The ceremony was held shortly after the Oregon State Leather 2013 contest Victory Brunch in the same location. In spite of the previous evening's Oregon State Leather Contest and RACK/Tribal! victory celebrations lasting into the early morning hours, Sunday's Victory Brunch and Rose and Thorn ceremony were well-attended thanks to countless carafes of coffee.
The Recipients of the 2013 Rose and Thorn Awards are:
Leatherwoman of the Year: DJ, longstanding member of Bad Girls and Portland Leather Alliance.
Leatherman of the Year: Nick Elliott, International Mr. Bootblack 2012 and Oregon State Bootblack 2011.
Business of the Year: The Local Lounge, a Portland, Oregon bar embracing several groups ranging from the Oregon Bears to the Boys/Bois in Leather Service.
Non-Profit Business of the Year: Camp KC, a program of Cascade AIDS Project, providing year round programming and services for families and their children that are impacted by HIV.
Community Choice Award of the Year: Bad Girls, BDSM Group for Women.
Since 1998, the Rose and Thorn process has begun with a call to the community for nominations of people and businesses in all categories. The BLP board selects the winners from the pool of nominees with the stipulation that the honoree cannot have won the same award in the past two years. The Oregon and Southwest Washington communities are home to many deserving and hard working people. Even with the two-year stipulation, the selection process is very difficult.
The Community Choice award is handled differently. The community provides nominees, but the winner is selected by a simple vote by the community at large.
There are no restrictions for nominees in this category.
To see who the past winners of the Rose and Thorn awards are click here.
Blackout Leather Productions is a 501(c)(3) corporation promoting the welfare, health and education of the gay and lesbian Leather/SM/Fetish community and eliminating prejudice against that community.
Name: Micky Rebel
Title: Oregon State Bootblack, 2015
City/ State: Portland, Oregon
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.
A hands-on workshop where participants will learn and practice Basics of Leather and Boot Care at a private location in Portland, OR on Saturday, November 16 from 12-2 PM.
After an introduction to techniques and products, attendees will practice their skills. Dara will be willing and ready to answer questions on any boots or Leather gear attendees have brought with them. Attendees are welcomed to bring their own care supplies, but basic products and equipment will be available. The cost is $5-10 on a sliding scale.
The winners of the 2014 Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather contest are Mr. Sir Steven and Shawna Clausen which was held on Saturday night, August 9 at The Embers in Portland, Oregon. The contest was the main event of Oregon State Leather Pride.
Four contestants competed in front of a packed room. The emcees were Nick and Sandra Elliott who kept things lively in spite of the heat outside.
The judges were American Leatherman 2013, International Ms Bootblack 2014 Dara, Ms Oregon State Leather 2013 Stormy Styles, Mr. Oregon State Leather 2013 Bill Westervelt, Mr. Oregon Bear 2014 JD Liggins, ISRC Rose Princess 44 Vivica Vail Valentine, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue and Ms San Francisco Leather 2013 Val Langmuir.
Oregon State Leather Pride will be held August 8-10 and the highlight will be the Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather and Bootblack 2014 contest on Saturday night, August 9 at Embers Avenue, 110 NW Broadway in Portland, Oregon, starting at 7 PM. Doors open at 6 PM.
Oregon State Leather Pride Week will include Meet the Contestants at Embers Broadway on Friday, August 8 at 6 PM; Celebrate at Tribal victory party at the Eagle Portland at 9 PM; Victory Brunch at Charlie's on Grand at the Courtyard by Marriott, 435 NE Wasco at 11:30 AM on Sunday followed by the Rose and Thorn Awards at the same locale at 1 PM.
Now for the judging panel wich includes American Leatherman 2013 Aaron Duke, International Ms Bootblack 2014 Dara, Mr. Oregon State Leather 2013 Bill Westervelt, Ms Oregon State Leather 2013 Stormy Styles, Mr. Oregon Bear 2013 JD Liggins, Mr. LA Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue, Ms San Francisco Leather 2013 Val Langmuir and Princess 44 Vivica Vail Valentine