April 14, 2014
imsleather:

With expressed permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, here’s a look at Nerine Mechanique, Ms. San Francisco Leather 2012!

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

N: In October 2012, I received the Ms San Francisco Leather title, which is an amazing year long public leather community title which is wholeheartedly supporting me in running for IMsL this year. Their website is www.mssfleather.org

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

N: A bootblack and recently appointed Mr Daddy’s Barbershop Leather, Nile, has introduced me to a wonderful charity that is picking up energy and financial backing in San Francisco which will provide mobile showers and lavatory access for our city’s homeless population, called LavaMae (www.lavamae.org). He is currently bootblacking in the Castro neighborhood to raise funds for this nonprofit project, which can be followed at http://misterdaddysbarbershopleather.com/. His time, energy, and drive as a bootblack and leatherman are an example of how we can take care of eachother in interconnected ways-that it is important to help people in -and- out of our communities wheneverwww.lavamae.org). He is currently bootblacking in the Castro neighborhood to raise funds for this nonprofit project, which can be followed at http://misterdaddysbarbershopleather.com/. His time, energy, and drive as a bootblack and leatherman are an example of how we can take care of eachother in interconnected ways-that it is important to help people in -and- out of our communities whenever possible, while connecting with our identities as leatherfolk. I find compassion to be a wonderful driving force to sharing our lives positively, and his inspiring work exhibits that.

 VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

N: Service is the corset of our community. It creates a look of potential vulnerability, but also binds us in terrific support and armor, strengthening our resources and showing the best assets of our subculture. Service will consume a person, if they have a drive to give more of their time and energy to people and things without considering their own needs, emotional, financial, sexual, or otherwise. Unhealthy investment into service causes anxiety, ‘scene burn-out’, and reticence to complete what we initially may be passionate about creating or offering others. Rest assured, service can also consume us in a positive way, with waves of emotion, adrenaline, and love, connecting us with our daily practices, partners, or an organization that we choose to invest our lives in. Service laces us together beautifully, and is humbling and extravagant to be in its reception.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?

N: I identify as a woman (when I’m not identifying as a robot…or a mermaid) who has a penchant for good manners, kinky play/sexual partners who enjoys with enthusiastic consent BDSM and social protocol driven activities, and am someone who stands by my word, and acts to support my fellow humans in their proclivities and goals.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?

N: Sarha has a vivaciousness to her, and comes from a cultural background that I can relate to. I grew up in rural Texas, on the Gulf Coast, and most of the people I grew up around lived off the land, fished to feed their families, and lived in what often comes across as wilderness, because of the sprawling ranch land juxtaposed with cotton fields and coastline. Her stories and way of living in the far north of Alaska are familiar reminders to me of how origins can affect who you are, but do not define you.

VT-TLJ: 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?

N: The most dangerous mis-information that infiltrates media to the world at large is that which shames our intentions, categorizing us with assault and many varieties of abusive behavior amongst our partners and comrades. I have personally viewed our community as a kinky variety of Quakers- we’ve created an honor code and tend to support dialogue and awareness of our skills, interests, behaviors, and are conscientious of what we do for and to one another as a behavior and identity and not a psychological disease or ‘off-in-the-head’ behavior. If an opportunity arose to promote dialogue and resources for people who may question what being kinky or into leather means, My first recommendation would be to read the book, “When Someone you Love is Kinky,” by Dossie Easton. I would also offer them alternative online resources on consent, sex positive culture, and explain the penchant for academic and intellectual understanding of many of our fetishes, play styles, and relationship structures through conventions, seminars, and classes that show a responsible edge to our lifestyle.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?

N: My desire to share our story with the world gives me the confidence to ask others how I can help them live their kink and leather identity. This I would do for any person, regardless of gender. I identify with leatherwomen on the basis of mutual interest in acting kindly to one another, in living our lives in a way that is happy, safe, and indulgent, acknowledging risks and sharing in our lives while providing for our families, in whatever shape those take on (chosen, biological, adoptive, or otherwise). A woman who has an opposing or alternative view on life, sexual identities, or kinks than I have is a person who I still want to help empower, and be a voice for, without taking away her own voice and identity.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics:
Name: Nerine
Current Title: Ms SF Leather 2012
City, State: Oakland, CA

VT-TLJ: What regular community events do you produce or participate in?

N: In San Francisco, I am often seen at Bondage a Go Go, a Wednesday night play event and goth/rocker sadistic disco, which has been my ‘home bar’ for nearly 6 years. Also, I am a caterer for a monthly Community Brunch hosted at Kink.com’s The Upper Floor, which showcases many local kinksters enjoying their D/s and play on a live stream- It brings a realness to BDSM through the adult industry. I am also a member of the SF Citadel, which has been a big part of my evolution as a leatherwoman here in the Bay Area.

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

N: I am a boot slut by nature, but my favorite footwear currently are my oil tan leather platform heels, made by United Nude.

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.

N: As our next IMsL, I want to be sure that I provide a balance of awareness and revelry for myself and others, and offer my assistance with community events wherever possible. I will be working on an ongoing project called The Kinks In Our Tablecloth, which showcases recipes and stories relating food to our leather life. I’m also going to rock IMsL’s new motto, Bringing Sexy Back- though I would argue it’s never left- There’s so much sexiness in women realizing their goals and expressing themselves!

imsleather:

With expressed permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, here’s a look at Nerine Mechanique, Ms. San Francisco Leather 2012!

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

N: In October 2012, I received the Ms San Francisco Leather title, which is an amazing year long public leather community title which is wholeheartedly supporting me in running for IMsL this year. Their website is www.mssfleather.org

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

N: A bootblack and recently appointed Mr Daddy’s Barbershop Leather, Nile, has introduced me to a wonderful charity that is picking up energy and financial backing in San Francisco which will provide mobile showers and lavatory access for our city’s homeless population, called LavaMae (www.lavamae.org). He is currently bootblacking in the Castro neighborhood to raise funds for this nonprofit project, which can be followed at http://misterdaddysbarbershopleather.com/. His time, energy, and drive as a bootblack and leatherman are an example of how we can take care of eachother in interconnected ways-that it is important to help people in -and- out of our communities wheneverwww.lavamae.org). He is currently bootblacking in the Castro neighborhood to raise funds for this nonprofit project, which can be followed at http://misterdaddysbarbershopleather.com/. His time, energy, and drive as a bootblack and leatherman are an example of how we can take care of eachother in interconnected ways-that it is important to help people in -and- out of our communities whenever possible, while connecting with our identities as leatherfolk. I find compassion to be a wonderful driving force to sharing our lives positively, and his inspiring work exhibits that.

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

N: Service is the corset of our community. It creates a look of potential vulnerability, but also binds us in terrific support and armor, strengthening our resources and showing the best assets of our subculture. Service will consume a person, if they have a drive to give more of their time and energy to people and things without considering their own needs, emotional, financial, sexual, or otherwise. Unhealthy investment into service causes anxiety, ‘scene burn-out’, and reticence to complete what we initially may be passionate about creating or offering others. Rest assured, service can also consume us in a positive way, with waves of emotion, adrenaline, and love, connecting us with our daily practices, partners, or an organization that we choose to invest our lives in. Service laces us together beautifully, and is humbling and extravagant to be in its reception.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?

N: I identify as a woman (when I’m not identifying as a robot…or a mermaid) who has a penchant for good manners, kinky play/sexual partners who enjoys with enthusiastic consent BDSM and social protocol driven activities, and am someone who stands by my word, and acts to support my fellow humans in their proclivities and goals.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?

N: Sarha has a vivaciousness to her, and comes from a cultural background that I can relate to. I grew up in rural Texas, on the Gulf Coast, and most of the people I grew up around lived off the land, fished to feed their families, and lived in what often comes across as wilderness, because of the sprawling ranch land juxtaposed with cotton fields and coastline. Her stories and way of living in the far north of Alaska are familiar reminders to me of how origins can affect who you are, but do not define you.

VT-TLJ: 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?

N: The most dangerous mis-information that infiltrates media to the world at large is that which shames our intentions, categorizing us with assault and many varieties of abusive behavior amongst our partners and comrades. I have personally viewed our community as a kinky variety of Quakers- we’ve created an honor code and tend to support dialogue and awareness of our skills, interests, behaviors, and are conscientious of what we do for and to one another as a behavior and identity and not a psychological disease or ‘off-in-the-head’ behavior. If an opportunity arose to promote dialogue and resources for people who may question what being kinky or into leather means, My first recommendation would be to read the book, “When Someone you Love is Kinky,” by Dossie Easton. I would also offer them alternative online resources on consent, sex positive culture, and explain the penchant for academic and intellectual understanding of many of our fetishes, play styles, and relationship structures through conventions, seminars, and classes that show a responsible edge to our lifestyle.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?

N: My desire to share our story with the world gives me the confidence to ask others how I can help them live their kink and leather identity. This I would do for any person, regardless of gender. I identify with leatherwomen on the basis of mutual interest in acting kindly to one another, in living our lives in a way that is happy, safe, and indulgent, acknowledging risks and sharing in our lives while providing for our families, in whatever shape those take on (chosen, biological, adoptive, or otherwise). A woman who has an opposing or alternative view on life, sexual identities, or kinks than I have is a person who I still want to help empower, and be a voice for, without taking away her own voice and identity.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics:
Name: Nerine
Current Title: Ms SF Leather 2012
City, State: Oakland, CA

VT-TLJ: What regular community events do you produce or participate in?

N: In San Francisco, I am often seen at Bondage a Go Go, a Wednesday night play event and goth/rocker sadistic disco, which has been my ‘home bar’ for nearly 6 years. Also, I am a caterer for a monthly Community Brunch hosted at Kink.com’s The Upper Floor, which showcases many local kinksters enjoying their D/s and play on a live stream- It brings a realness to BDSM through the adult industry. I am also a member of the SF Citadel, which has been a big part of my evolution as a leatherwoman here in the Bay Area.

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

N: I am a boot slut by nature, but my favorite footwear currently are my oil tan leather platform heels, made by United Nude.

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.

N: As our next IMsL, I want to be sure that I provide a balance of awareness and revelry for myself and others, and offer my assistance with community events wherever possible. I will be working on an ongoing project called The Kinks In Our Tablecloth, which showcases recipes and stories relating food to our leather life. I’m also going to rock IMsL’s new motto, Bringing Sexy Back- though I would argue it’s never left- There’s so much sexiness in women realizing their goals and expressing themselves!

April 11, 2014
Announcing the Littles Event at This Year's IMsL! Open to All Age Players and Those Who May Be Curious!

imsleather:

Hello everybody,

I wanted to officially announce that my boy and I will be hosting IMsL’s Littles Party this year! It will be in the IMsL hospitality suite on Sunday from 12:30-2:30 PM. All littles and bigs attending IMsL are welcome! The party is free and included with your IMsL package or…

April 11, 2014
imsleather:

With permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who conducted this interview, here’s a look at the next contestant for this year’s International Ms. Leather title. This is Ms. Alameda County Leather 2013 Mel!

VT-TLJ: 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.

MS:    I am honored to have the following sponsors;
1)    Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) is a a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the East Bay community. The club is composed mostly of residents from San Francisco’s East and South Bays. Our purpose is to promote educational and charitable activities through social interaction among people with an interest in leather, Levi’s, uniforms, and latex. I am proud to serve as the current Ms. Alameda County Leather, a Board member and a very proud member. Website: aclcweb.org
2)    The Bolt Sacramento- Sacramento’s only real Leather/Cowboy/Bear bar- Located in Sacramento this bar is a great hangout the staff is amazing. Next time you are in Sacramento please swing by. Website: sacbolt.com
3)    Leather Masters- Is a unique shop that sells amazing products. Their website states fulfilling fantasies all over the world since 1989. I have purchased amazing leather clothing from them. Please visit their website you will not be disappointed. Website: leathermaster.com

 
VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

MS:    There are so many charities that do amazing work to name just one favorite. I am currently fundraising for Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary house. They have 2 locations in San Francisco and Oakland. They work with women who have been diagnosed with cancer. All of the services they provide are free to the clients. Being a titleholder and a member of Alameda Leather Corp it is my honor and pleasure to raise funds for all of their charities as well. So far this year I have co-produced our club’s 21st annual Santa Slave Auction and produced our valentine’s event this year it was called My Bloody Valentine. Funds raised from both of these events went to Charlotte Maxwell.

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

MS:    Service to me means many things. I am of service to my Sir, my club and my community. When I am serving my Sir I get a sense of pride and excitement. Excitement that Sir will notice and either praise me or not punish me, although either are just fine. Service to my club fills me with a sense of pride. My fellow club members are amazing and I am humbled by all of the club members who come to the events and generously donate. Service to my community is very similar to service to my club. I get an overwhelming sense of pride when I look out and see so many members of our community giving back and helping out.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?

MS:     A leather woman isn’t a leather woman because of the clothes she wears or the places she hangs out. I am a leather woman because of who I am inside. The leather community is a family of choice and I choose to be a strong independent leather woman.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?

MS:    Each and every one of the past IMsls have contributed so much to our community. Each one I a very unique way. I would have to say Sarha and her light-hearted way about she goes about life. She has powerful fun energy. For me one of the most inspirational IMsL was Mollena. She is a strong female who has such amazing strong convictions. She inspired me then and continues to inspire me.

VT-TLJ: 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?

MS:     One of the biggest issues, in my opinion, is the violent nature way our community and lifestyle are portrayed in movies, tv shows, newspapers, novels, and social media. We are portrayed as the pervert, the serial killer, the social deviant, etc. I believe that the writers of these stories should do more research on what it means to be apart of our community. By having open conversations with social media, newspaper reporter, etc it maybe a start. Also, don’t just stop at open conversation, invite them to our education classes, point them to better literature that more accurately portrays our community. As a titleholder it is one of my duties is to help open lines of communication. Listen to people and not judge.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?

MS:      I feel I can represent the women’s community because I am woman who believes our community is great because of how diverse we are. I am not afraid of learning new things, meeting new people, and exchanging ideas and thoughts.I believe with my open-minded thinking I would represent the women’s community well.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics:
Name: Mel
Current Title: Ms. Alameda County Leather 2013
City, State: Sacramento, Ca

VT-TLJ: What are 3 events that you regularly participate in?

MS:    I attend many events personally and as a titleholder. My favorite events are ones where by having fun we can also help support the wonderful work our charities do. So far since holding my title 2 events come to mind that was a blast, I produced ACLC’s valentine’s day event called “my Bloody valentine” we raised over a great amount of money for Charlotte Maxwell complimentary clinic, the other was my first road trip as a titleholder I attended the Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather contest. There I met the most amazing people.

One thing about me is, almost all of the events I attend I have a great time and love talking and meeting new people.

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

MS:   My boots!! 20 eyed black Doc Martens

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.

MS:        As IMsL I would like to travel and meet other women and hear their stories and pass these amazing stories on to the rest of the community. I would like to spend time educating and being educated by all of the women of our community. I am so excited for the opportunity to talk to so many amazing community members. As cliché as it sounds I want to help bring us even closer.

imsleather:

With permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who conducted this interview, here’s a look at the next contestant for this year’s International Ms. Leather title. This is Ms. Alameda County Leather 2013 Mel!

VT-TLJ: 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.

MS: I am honored to have the following sponsors;
1) Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) is a a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the East Bay community. The club is composed mostly of residents from San Francisco’s East and South Bays. Our purpose is to promote educational and charitable activities through social interaction among people with an interest in leather, Levi’s, uniforms, and latex. I am proud to serve as the current Ms. Alameda County Leather, a Board member and a very proud member. Website: aclcweb.org
2) The Bolt Sacramento- Sacramento’s only real Leather/Cowboy/Bear bar- Located in Sacramento this bar is a great hangout the staff is amazing. Next time you are in Sacramento please swing by. Website: sacbolt.com
3) Leather Masters- Is a unique shop that sells amazing products. Their website states fulfilling fantasies all over the world since 1989. I have purchased amazing leather clothing from them. Please visit their website you will not be disappointed. Website: leathermaster.com


VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

MS: There are so many charities that do amazing work to name just one favorite. I am currently fundraising for Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary house. They have 2 locations in San Francisco and Oakland. They work with women who have been diagnosed with cancer. All of the services they provide are free to the clients. Being a titleholder and a member of Alameda Leather Corp it is my honor and pleasure to raise funds for all of their charities as well. So far this year I have co-produced our club’s 21st annual Santa Slave Auction and produced our valentine’s event this year it was called My Bloody Valentine. Funds raised from both of these events went to Charlotte Maxwell.

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

MS: Service to me means many things. I am of service to my Sir, my club and my community. When I am serving my Sir I get a sense of pride and excitement. Excitement that Sir will notice and either praise me or not punish me, although either are just fine. Service to my club fills me with a sense of pride. My fellow club members are amazing and I am humbled by all of the club members who come to the events and generously donate. Service to my community is very similar to service to my club. I get an overwhelming sense of pride when I look out and see so many members of our community giving back and helping out.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?

MS: A leather woman isn’t a leather woman because of the clothes she wears or the places she hangs out. I am a leather woman because of who I am inside. The leather community is a family of choice and I choose to be a strong independent leather woman.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?

MS: Each and every one of the past IMsls have contributed so much to our community. Each one I a very unique way. I would have to say Sarha and her light-hearted way about she goes about life. She has powerful fun energy. For me one of the most inspirational IMsL was Mollena. She is a strong female who has such amazing strong convictions. She inspired me then and continues to inspire me.

VT-TLJ: 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?

MS: One of the biggest issues, in my opinion, is the violent nature way our community and lifestyle are portrayed in movies, tv shows, newspapers, novels, and social media. We are portrayed as the pervert, the serial killer, the social deviant, etc. I believe that the writers of these stories should do more research on what it means to be apart of our community. By having open conversations with social media, newspaper reporter, etc it maybe a start. Also, don’t just stop at open conversation, invite them to our education classes, point them to better literature that more accurately portrays our community. As a titleholder it is one of my duties is to help open lines of communication. Listen to people and not judge.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?

MS: I feel I can represent the women’s community because I am woman who believes our community is great because of how diverse we are. I am not afraid of learning new things, meeting new people, and exchanging ideas and thoughts.I believe with my open-minded thinking I would represent the women’s community well.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics:
Name: Mel
Current Title: Ms. Alameda County Leather 2013
City, State: Sacramento, Ca

VT-TLJ: What are 3 events that you regularly participate in?

MS: I attend many events personally and as a titleholder. My favorite events are ones where by having fun we can also help support the wonderful work our charities do. So far since holding my title 2 events come to mind that was a blast, I produced ACLC’s valentine’s day event called “my Bloody valentine” we raised over a great amount of money for Charlotte Maxwell complimentary clinic, the other was my first road trip as a titleholder I attended the Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather contest. There I met the most amazing people.

One thing about me is, almost all of the events I attend I have a great time and love talking and meeting new people.

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

MS: My boots!! 20 eyed black Doc Martens

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.

MS: As IMsL I would like to travel and meet other women and hear their stories and pass these amazing stories on to the rest of the community. I would like to spend time educating and being educated by all of the women of our community. I am so excited for the opportunity to talk to so many amazing community members. As cliché as it sounds I want to help bring us even closer.

April 11, 2014
A Message From Miss Lola Sunshine, Co-Host of the San Francisco Littles Munch

Hello everybody,

I wanted to officially announce that my boy and I will be hosting IMsL’s Littles Party this year! It will be in the IMsL hospitality suite on Sunday from 12:30-2:30 PM. All littles and bigs attending IMsL are welcome! The party is free and included with your IMsL package or Sunday day pass!

We will have story time, snacks, coloring, crafts, and tons of toys! Hopefully we’ll also have an outside area (where last year there were Hot Wheels and tracks and an epic fort was built)! So, please, come out and PLAY! All “ages” and genders welcome. Everyone is welcome to dress however they’d like and bring their favorite toys along. Also, if any big people out there are interested in helping out for story time, please contact me in a PM. We’d love to have extra readers!

Please feel free to contact me if anyone has any questions. I hope to see everyone there! Oh my gosh, IMsL is SO SOON!

hearts and sparkles
Miss Lola Sunshine
~co-host of the SF Littles Munch~

April 8, 2014
imsleather:

With permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, here’s a look at another contestant for this year’s IMsL and IMsBB titles respectively, With that, I bring you Jenniffer Allen, Ms Iowa Leather 2014!

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? 
JA: I am sponsored by Blazing Saddles, Liberty Gifts and Titans of the Midwest. 
-The Blazing Saddles is the oldest gay bar in the Midwest still owned by its original owner. Robert Eikleberry “Mongo” has wanted to have a Ms competition for many years and no one would commit to running. He got his wish and is prepared to support me with whatever I need. Mongo and his co-owners of the Blazing Saddle have been over the top supportive since day one and I appreciate them very much! Thank you Mongo, Chris and Bryan!
-Liberty Gifts is a locally owned shop that has stepped up to help me with any props I may need. They are super excited to be in my corner. 
-Titans of the Midwest is a LGBTQ kink education group that covers 13 states. I am currently the vice president of this group. Their sponsorship includes providing me with mock interviews and speech practice. Their support also includes members working various fundraisers to support my travel fund.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity

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JA: Shriners Hospitals for Children is my favorite charity. For several years I was the fundraising chair for our local Shrine Center. This lead role helped provide several thousand dollars a year to the hospital in Minneapolis. They provide medical care at no cost to the patient’s families. The specialized medical services they offer range from juvenile orthopedic needs and growth disorders to full body burn victims. There are 22 hospitals around the United States, Canada and Mexico. Support of this charity is very close to my heart as I have 2 children that are patients. 

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.


JA: Service is so rewarding both physically and mentally. Working to provide something that is needed or wanted by someone you respect helps me and them in many ways. I personally enjoy completing a task and feeling the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Although many times those who do the most service go without acknowledgement it still benefits everyone in the end.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?


JA: I grew up in a military home where I learned respect and learned how to earn respect. I believe in the openness of the leather community and every chance I get I try to leave a little bit of my knowledge of this sub culture with someone willing to listen. I work hard to educate those who are interested in learning about the communities I belong to. I am passionate about the future of my community as new and young faces join and make their mark in our world.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?


JA: Judy Tallwing is my favorite IMsL! I have never personally met her but I hope I do soon. She was the first woman to earn the title and paved the way for the rest of the women of our community. Breaking barriers and helping broaden women’s involvement in the leather community. She is still active in the community and willing to share advice. Since I am the first to have my title I looked to her for some words of wisdom. She said “Follow your heart, but don’t forget to use your head on the way.” 

VT-TLJ: 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?


JA: The misconceptions of those who are not part of the leather/ kink communities are perpetuated by movies, music videos and erotic writings. What people see is a fantasy, not a realistic view of different types of relationships. Whether it’s a Dom/Sub, Master/Slave or leather family dynamic, all parties are willing participants. If I had the opportunity, I would like to let the world know that what they saw in that movie or video or read about in the book, is one person’s story that was created to excite and entertain the audience with the sole purpose of making money. The real story is in the lives of people that live that sane, safe, consensual life either 24/7 or just the one night a month that they make time for.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?


JA: I am a woman. That fact alone gives me something in common with each woman in the community. Adding a title to my name doesn’t make me anymore of a representative of women. It does give me the opportunity to bridge gaps and learn about the wonderful women I will have the opportunity to represent. While I may not be able to identify with every woman, I will still do my best to be a leader in the leather community. Each of us is unique and we deserve that right. We shouldn’t all be the same and knowing that we can all come together to make the world better for the future generations of leather women to come.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics -
Jenniffer Allen
Ms Iowa Leather 2014
Des Moines, Iowa

VT-TLJ: Regular community events that you produce or participate:


JA: CIPEX Play Parties and Munches
Mischief in May
Titans of the Midwest Kink U’s

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


JA: My favorite piece of leather is my black and blue corset. When I wear it I feel sexy! Feeling sexy makes me smile. Smiling lets people know I am approachable. Wearing to non-leather/kink events is my favorite as it always makes for interesting conversations. Getting an opportunity to let “vanilla” people know about my community is often a highlight of my day.

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.


JA: I am passionate about kink education and becoming International Ms Leather would help me a reach a broader audience. Doors will open in communities where I can use my skills as a teacher and mentor to help cultivate the next generation of leather women. I would use my international title to reach into smaller communities and help foster kink/sex positive conversations and growth. 
I would work hard to give the community someone they could depend on, someone that would put forth the effort to attend events outside my region. I would be accessible to the community as was needed.

imsleather:

With permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, here’s a look at another contestant for this year’s IMsL and IMsBB titles respectively, With that, I bring you Jenniffer Allen, Ms Iowa Leather 2014!

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? 
JA: I am sponsored by Blazing Saddles, Liberty Gifts and Titans of the Midwest.
-The Blazing Saddles is the oldest gay bar in the Midwest still owned by its original owner. Robert Eikleberry “Mongo” has wanted to have a Ms competition for many years and no one would commit to running. He got his wish and is prepared to support me with whatever I need. Mongo and his co-owners of the Blazing Saddle have been over the top supportive since day one and I appreciate them very much! Thank you Mongo, Chris and Bryan!
-Liberty Gifts is a locally owned shop that has stepped up to help me with any props I may need. They are super excited to be in my corner. 
-Titans of the Midwest is a LGBTQ kink education group that covers 13 states. I am currently the vice president of this group. Their sponsorship includes providing me with mock interviews and speech practice. Their support also includes members working various fundraisers to support my travel fund.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity

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JA: Shriners Hospitals for Children is my favorite charity. For several years I was the fundraising chair for our local Shrine Center. This lead role helped provide several thousand dollars a year to the hospital in Minneapolis. They provide medical care at no cost to the patient’s families. The specialized medical services they offer range from juvenile orthopedic needs and growth disorders to full body burn victims. There are 22 hospitals around the United States, Canada and Mexico. Support of this charity is very close to my heart as I have 2 children that are patients.

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.


JA: Service is so rewarding both physically and mentally. Working to provide something that is needed or wanted by someone you respect helps me and them in many ways. I personally enjoy completing a task and feeling the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Although many times those who do the most service go without acknowledgement it still benefits everyone in the end.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?


JA: I grew up in a military home where I learned respect and learned how to earn respect. I believe in the openness of the leather community and every chance I get I try to leave a little bit of my knowledge of this sub culture with someone willing to listen. I work hard to educate those who are interested in learning about the communities I belong to. I am passionate about the future of my community as new and young faces join and make their mark in our world.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?


JA: Judy Tallwing is my favorite IMsL! I have never personally met her but I hope I do soon. She was the first woman to earn the title and paved the way for the rest of the women of our community. Breaking barriers and helping broaden women’s involvement in the leather community. She is still active in the community and willing to share advice. Since I am the first to have my title I looked to her for some words of wisdom. She said “Follow your heart, but don’t forget to use your head on the way.”

VT-TLJ: 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?


JA: The misconceptions of those who are not part of the leather/ kink communities are perpetuated by movies, music videos and erotic writings. What people see is a fantasy, not a realistic view of different types of relationships. Whether it’s a Dom/Sub, Master/Slave or leather family dynamic, all parties are willing participants. If I had the opportunity, I would like to let the world know that what they saw in that movie or video or read about in the book, is one person’s story that was created to excite and entertain the audience with the sole purpose of making money. The real story is in the lives of people that live that sane, safe, consensual life either 24/7 or just the one night a month that they make time for.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?


JA: I am a woman. That fact alone gives me something in common with each woman in the community. Adding a title to my name doesn’t make me anymore of a representative of women. It does give me the opportunity to bridge gaps and learn about the wonderful women I will have the opportunity to represent. While I may not be able to identify with every woman, I will still do my best to be a leader in the leather community. Each of us is unique and we deserve that right. We shouldn’t all be the same and knowing that we can all come together to make the world better for the future generations of leather women to come.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics -
Jenniffer Allen
Ms Iowa Leather 2014
Des Moines, Iowa

VT-TLJ: Regular community events that you produce or participate:


JA: CIPEX Play Parties and Munches
Mischief in May
Titans of the Midwest Kink U’s

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


JA: My favorite piece of leather is my black and blue corset. When I wear it I feel sexy! Feeling sexy makes me smile. Smiling lets people know I am approachable. Wearing to non-leather/kink events is my favorite as it always makes for interesting conversations. Getting an opportunity to let “vanilla” people know about my community is often a highlight of my day.

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.


JA: I am passionate about kink education and becoming International Ms Leather would help me a reach a broader audience. Doors will open in communities where I can use my skills as a teacher and mentor to help cultivate the next generation of leather women. I would use my international title to reach into smaller communities and help foster kink/sex positive conversations and growth. 
I would work hard to give the community someone they could depend on, someone that would put forth the effort to attend events outside my region. I would be accessible to the community as was needed.

April 7, 2014
SF Citadel Presents Transmission Returns Friday, 5/23 @ 8 pm!

Location: SF Citadel
Address: 181 Eddy Street (near Taylor)<br/>
Cost: $25. Volunteer for ONE HOUR and get in FREE!
Dress Code: Whatever makes you feel sexy!

SF Citadel presents TransMission, an event for trans people and our friends. Be you transgender, transsexual, gender queer, gender fluid, gender fucked, gender free, gender non-conforming, or simply a friend of trans folks, you are welcome. Bring your toys and your diabolical imaginations, and dress whatever way makes you feel sexy! For this night, trans people are no longer the minority, but instead will rule the dungeon as never before.

The date of this particular Transmission happens to fall Sailor’s birthday so come and wish them a really splendid birthday!

Volunteer one hour and you can get in FREE! To sign up for a volunteer shift, or if you have any questions please e-mail sftransmission@gmail.com.

SF Citadel Presents Transmission Returns Friday, 5/23 @ 8 pm!

Location: SF Citadel
Address: 181 Eddy Street (near Taylor)<br/>
Cost: $25. Volunteer for ONE HOUR and get in FREE!
Dress Code: Whatever makes you feel sexy!

SF Citadel presents TransMission, an event for trans people and our friends. Be you transgender, transsexual, gender queer, gender fluid, gender fucked, gender free, gender non-conforming, or simply a friend of trans folks, you are welcome. Bring your toys and your diabolical imaginations, and dress whatever way makes you feel sexy! For this night, trans people are no longer the minority, but instead will rule the dungeon as never before.

The date of this particular Transmission happens to fall Sailor’s birthday so come and wish them a really splendid birthday!

Volunteer one hour and you can get in FREE! To sign up for a volunteer shift, or if you have any questions please e-mail sftransmission@gmail.com.

April 6, 2014
imsleather:

With permission from Vonn Tramel from the Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, this is a look at another contestant for this year’s IMsL and IMsBB titles, respectively. This time, we’ll be focusing on Flossie, Ms Southeast Leatherfest 2013:

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/

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

F: I love to volunteer, it’s always the best place to be to meet people, have fun and you never know what will happen “behind the scenes” smile. There also is a satisfaction in being part of something where people come together, knowing you helped create something or helped a person in some way.  Mostly it’s another way to flirt though.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?

F: I am a leather woman because I like hot, wet, raunchy, nasty pig sex and play.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?

F: Sarha Imsl 2013, and what is not to love about her. She is down to earth, friendly and look at what all she has done with her year. I do not know many people who would travel a mega bus around the country.

VT-TLJ: What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional &amp; social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?

F: Knowledge, compassion and love are the best ways to combat mis-information. I think that one of the most dangerous things I see is individuals using this community and the things we do as a cure for mental illness. Mental illness should be treated by licensed professionals and we as friends should support people to seek professional and licensed help.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?

F: I do not have to identify with someone to represent them; I learn, talk with individuals and love people for who they are not how they identify.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics -
Name: Flossie
Current Title: Ms Southeast Leatherfest 2013
City, State: Columbia, SC
Regular community events that you produce or participate:
-Southeast LeatherFest
-Southern Sole

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

F: My Boots!

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.

F: As IMsL, my goal for the year is going to be to visit every leather bar possible. We have to get back to our bars that supported us and support them. We have lost too many bars and if we do not get out and support them, we will not have any left. Where then will we go to find our leather space?  I will travel as much and meet as many people as possible and promote IMsL but most importantly I will cruise, fuck, fist and have fun!

imsleather:

With permission from Vonn Tramel from the Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, this is a look at another contestant for this year’s IMsL and IMsBB titles, respectively. This time, we’ll be focusing on Flossie, Ms Southeast Leatherfest 2013:

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/

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

F: I love to volunteer, it’s always the best place to be to meet people, have fun and you never know what will happen “behind the scenes” smile. There also is a satisfaction in being part of something where people come together, knowing you helped create something or helped a person in some way. Mostly it’s another way to flirt though.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?

F: I am a leather woman because I like hot, wet, raunchy, nasty pig sex and play.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite IMsL or IMsBB and in 100 words or less…Why?

F: Sarha Imsl 2013, and what is not to love about her. She is down to earth, friendly and look at what all she has done with her year. I do not know many people who would travel a mega bus around the country.

VT-TLJ: 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?

F: Knowledge, compassion and love are the best ways to combat mis-information. I think that one of the most dangerous things I see is individuals using this community and the things we do as a cure for mental illness. Mental illness should be treated by licensed professionals and we as friends should support people to seek professional and licensed help.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the entire woman’s community, even the women you don’t identify with?

F: I do not have to identify with someone to represent them; I learn, talk with individuals and love people for who they are not how they identify.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics -
Name: Flossie
Current Title: Ms Southeast Leatherfest 2013
City, State: Columbia, SC
Regular community events that you produce or participate:
-Southeast LeatherFest
-Southern Sole

VT-TLJ: Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
F: My Boots!

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as IMsL or IMsBB.

F: As IMsL, my goal for the year is going to be to visit every leather bar possible. We have to get back to our bars that supported us and support them. We have lost too many bars and if we do not get out and support them, we will not have any left. Where then will we go to find our leather space? I will travel as much and meet as many people as possible and promote IMsL but most importantly I will cruise, fuck, fist and have fun!

April 4, 2014
Have You Gotten Your IMsL Volunteer Shift(s) Yet? If Not, What Are You Waiting For?

imsleather:

Want to contribute to IMsL2014 and save money? We’re still taking applications for volunteers- particularly needed are folks that can do security or logistics/lifting type duties.

• Security
Requires standing and walking, ability to use a radio and communicate, strong powers of observation, and…

April 2, 2014
Have You Reserved Your Hotel Room Yet? If Not, What Are You Waiting For?

imsleather:

The awesome room rate of $109 a night we received from the Hilton Doubletree for IMsL attendees expires THIS FRIDAY at 11:59 pm! After that, you will no longer be able to reserve a room at this rate.

You can even make your reservations through the IMsL website! If you have problems booking your room through the website, call the hotel directly and use the code ANI.

Remember, each room can have up to 4 people.

Don’t delay. Jump on that great deal while it’s still out there!

April 2, 2014
Love Being Of Service? Want to Go to IMsL for Free or Cheap? Here's Your Chance!

imsleather:

Want to contribute to IMsL2014 and save money? We’re still taking applications for volunteers- particularly needed are folks that can do security or logistics/lifting type duties.

• Security
Requires standing and walking, ability to use a radio and communicate, strong powers of observation, and…

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