April 20, 2014
turbocunt:

petplaypalace:

WE ARE SO CLOSE! The petplay palace offbeatr is 80% voted for - just 42 more votes is all we need to start the fundraiser, start giving out prizes and launch our site!
I don’t want this to drag out any longer, and getting people to click “vote” has been a pain in the butt! Literally thousands of people have clicked the above link, and we still haven’t gotten our 210 votes! It only takes a few minutes to make an account, and nobody’s gonna spam you!
Once the site starts receiving funding, we will have prints, placemats, and more available! Not to mention, a lot more new photo and video sets!
So, here’s the deal: Out of my thousands of online followers, I only need 42 more votes! I have some awesome sexy photos that have yet to be posted…SO.
I’m going to start responding to every new vote with a random unreleased photo from one of our sets. Yes, a free picture you get to see before anyone else, just for taking 2 minutes to vote! Tomorrow, I have a very special Easter shoot I want to show you, in addition to some teasers that are coming very soon from one of our boy pets!
I want to make PetplayPalace.com happen, and I know you love hot naked pets! So please vote here and get your free porn!
Giraffe model is turbocunt, shot by petplaypalace. Please don’t remove text!

I AM A MAJESTIC CREATURE OF THE AFRICAN PLAINS

Help make my friend’s awesome new pet play site happen! It’s easy! really!

turbocunt:

petplaypalace:

WE ARE SO CLOSE! The petplay palace offbeatr is 80% voted for - just 42 more votes is all we need to start the fundraiser, start giving out prizes and launch our site!

I don’t want this to drag out any longer, and getting people to click “vote” has been a pain in the butt! Literally thousands of people have clicked the above link, and we still haven’t gotten our 210 votes! It only takes a few minutes to make an account, and nobody’s gonna spam you!

Once the site starts receiving funding, we will have prints, placemats, and more available! Not to mention, a lot more new photo and video sets!

So, here’s the deal: Out of my thousands of online followers, I only need 42 more votes! I have some awesome sexy photos that have yet to be posted…SO.

I’m going to start responding to every new vote with a random unreleased photo from one of our sets. Yes, a free picture you get to see before anyone else, just for taking 2 minutes to vote! Tomorrow, I have a very special Easter shoot I want to show you, in addition to some teasers that are coming very soon from one of our boy pets!

I want to make PetplayPalace.com happen, and I know you love hot naked pets! So please vote here and get your free porn!

Giraffe model is turbocunt, shot by petplaypalace. Please don’t remove text!

I AM A MAJESTIC CREATURE OF THE AFRICAN PLAINS

Help make my friend’s awesome new pet play site happen! It’s easy! really!

April 18, 2014
imsleather:

New Judge Announced – Carol Queen

Carol Queen, PhD, Staff Sexologist and Company Historian at Good Vibrations and Executive Director for the Center for Sex & Culture will replace on the IMsL judging panel.

imsleather:

New Judge Announced – Carol Queen

Carol Queen, PhD, Staff Sexologist and Company Historian at Good Vibrations and Executive Director for the Center for Sex & Culture will replace on the IMsL judging panel.

April 18, 2014

Here’s today’s installment of puppies with bow ties!

April 17, 2014

Love photos of puppies with bow ties? Yeah. I didn’t know I did either. Not until a friend of mine showed me these photos. The URLs of the website these photos came from are here:

http://tinyurl.com/m7wsyx8
http://tinyurl.com/no8m2kv
http://tinyurl.com/m5sqbbr

You’re welcome!

Stay tuned for the next installment of cute pictures of puppies sporting bow ties!

April 17, 2014
imsleather:

With expressed permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, here’s a look at lynn, Ms. Great Lakes Leather Pride 2013!

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.

L: I am proud to be sponsored by Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA). GLLA has an annual event which is in its 13th year in my hometown of Indianapolis. GLLA brings in national presenters for 36 classes, with the highlight of the event being the Saturday evening finale to our regional leather contest.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

L: My favorite charity is the Mr. Friendly Campaign, which aims to dispel the social stigma associated with HIV, while advocating for safer sex practices and STI testing. I believe that stigmas are perpetuated by fear, not by facts. By providing education on STI transmission, we can encourage responsible communication about risks and prevent the division in our community that fear causes.

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

L: Being of service brings me joy in a way that no other activity does. It is a blessing to be able to impact the lives of others, which is what I strive to do as a titleholder, event attendee and member of each of my local groups. I serve the community in different capacities than some others: I do not hold office, but instead choose to volunteer in many small ways, attending as many functions as possible and stepping up as needed wherever I can. I prefer to serve outside of the limelight. I believe that if someone requires recognition for their service they should reevaluate their motives.

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

L: It wasn’t until I found the community that I realized I had been leather all along. The captivating qualities I saw were people all looking out for each other, people who had the courage to figure out who they were, people who are unapologetically themselves and strive to lead lives of integrity, honor and respect. All of these traits resonated so strongly with who I was and who I was trying to be that I couldn’t help but identify as leather. I am a leatherwoman because I am lynn and although the lynn of yesterday will undoubtedly be different than the lynn of tomorrow, I have a chosen family who will love me through it all. When I screw up I trust they will call me on it. When I stumble I hope they will pick me up. When I succeed I expect them to dance with me. I will be there to support them in return.

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

L: IMsBB 2013 Bella from Louisville in my Great Lakes region has been amazing support for me this year, always providing encouragement and available for the odd question. She has demonstrated a love for bootblacking and our community since I met her. She is kind, gracious and a joy to be around. Her smile lights up a room! I hope I can be as positive of an influence on others through my Ms. titles.

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?

L: The misinformation, by way of omission, that seems to be prevalent, is that there are no long term consequences to what we do. That you can jump into this lifestyle recklessly and come out without a scratch or come out the same as you went in. Digging into yourself has elements of mental risk. Entering a power exchange dynamic without both parties thoroughly expressing expectations has risk. Playing in BDSM activities has risk. All of these activities are in abundance in our community.

I believe the best way to improve this is by increasing risk awareness. My current initiative to work on this issue is a discussion class I have lead locally that is on limits. When I proposed this idea to a friend the feedback I received was that there was not enough depth to limits to support any kind of discussion. I took this as a challenge and dug into every stupid, risk-unaware decision I had made since entering the community. In doing so I about which I am passionate about. Many BDSM 101 classes that I have attended glance over limits with the assumption that people will know what that want. The problem with this is that people, “don’t know what they don’t know”.

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

L: I acknowledge that I constitute a segment of the the Women’s Leather community, and not the whole. This holds true for any contestant. By being a good listener, I can represent the parts of the community that I am not. As a bisexual femme woman, I can seek out bonds with women who identify differently from me. I might not share upbringing, geography, race or socioeconomic background in common with each woman, or experience the hardships or discrimination that every woman faces individually. But- I am capable of hearing and honoring my Leather sisters’ experiences, as well as of proactively striving to understand the many diverse worldviews that make up our community.

VT-TLJ:  Now the basics:

Name: lynn
Current Title:  Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride 2013, Ms Indiana Leather Pride 2013
City, State:  Indianapolis IN

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

L:
-KISS - Kinky Indiana slaves, submissives & switches
-IKS - Indianapolis Kink Society
-NLA-Indianapolis - National Leather Association

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

L: My leather wrist cuff. I have lived in 4 states in the last 10 years ( FL, PA, WI, IN ) and nowhere has ever felt like “home”. I moved to Indiana for work, living first in a rural area about an hour outside of Indianapolis. On the recommendation of a friend I moved to a small neighborhood named Fountain Square on the south side of Indianapolis, and in doing so found “home”. It is a historic community in a depressed area that is experiencing a recent revival, bustling with open galleries, live music, and small businesses. I discovered my cuff in a local artisan’s shop of furniture and gifts made of re-purposed materials. This discovery came around the same time that I was discovering the leather community. It symbolizes so many things to me, from finding a physical home, to carrying my Leather home with me through challenging times, to reforming and re-purposing my life so that I can have a positive impact on others.

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

L: I believe that public figures, in being out about their STI status, have the opportunity to advocate for inclusion, education and open communication within their relationships and our community at large. As a person with HSV-2 I want to work through the IMsL title to convey these messages while dedicating my time, energy, and support to the Leather and Women’s Leather communities on an international level.

imsleather:

With expressed permission from Vonn Tramel of The Leather Journal who originally conducted this interview, here’s a look at lynn, Ms. Great Lakes Leather Pride 2013!

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.

L: I am proud to be sponsored by Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA). GLLA has an annual event which is in its 13th year in my hometown of Indianapolis. GLLA brings in national presenters for 36 classes, with the highlight of the event being the Saturday evening finale to our regional leather contest.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

L: My favorite charity is the Mr. Friendly Campaign, which aims to dispel the social stigma associated with HIV, while advocating for safer sex practices and STI testing. I believe that stigmas are perpetuated by fear, not by facts. By providing education on STI transmission, we can encourage responsible communication about risks and prevent the division in our community that fear causes.

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

L: Being of service brings me joy in a way that no other activity does. It is a blessing to be able to impact the lives of others, which is what I strive to do as a titleholder, event attendee and member of each of my local groups. I serve the community in different capacities than some others: I do not hold office, but instead choose to volunteer in many small ways, attending as many functions as possible and stepping up as needed wherever I can. I prefer to serve outside of the limelight. I believe that if someone requires recognition for their service they should reevaluate their motives.

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

L: It wasn’t until I found the community that I realized I had been leather all along. The captivating qualities I saw were people all looking out for each other, people who had the courage to figure out who they were, people who are unapologetically themselves and strive to lead lives of integrity, honor and respect. All of these traits resonated so strongly with who I was and who I was trying to be that I couldn’t help but identify as leather. I am a leatherwoman because I am lynn and although the lynn of yesterday will undoubtedly be different than the lynn of tomorrow, I have a chosen family who will love me through it all. When I screw up I trust they will call me on it. When I stumble I hope they will pick me up. When I succeed I expect them to dance with me. I will be there to support them in return.

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

L: IMsBB 2013 Bella from Louisville in my Great Lakes region has been amazing support for me this year, always providing encouragement and available for the odd question. She has demonstrated a love for bootblacking and our community since I met her. She is kind, gracious and a joy to be around. Her smile lights up a room! I hope I can be as positive of an influence on others through my Ms. titles.

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?

L: The misinformation, by way of omission, that seems to be prevalent, is that there are no long term consequences to what we do. That you can jump into this lifestyle recklessly and come out without a scratch or come out the same as you went in. Digging into yourself has elements of mental risk. Entering a power exchange dynamic without both parties thoroughly expressing expectations has risk. Playing in BDSM activities has risk. All of these activities are in abundance in our community.

I believe the best way to improve this is by increasing risk awareness. My current initiative to work on this issue is a discussion class I have lead locally that is on limits. When I proposed this idea to a friend the feedback I received was that there was not enough depth to limits to support any kind of discussion. I took this as a challenge and dug into every stupid, risk-unaware decision I had made since entering the community. In doing so I about which I am passionate about. Many BDSM 101 classes that I have attended glance over limits with the assumption that people will know what that want. The problem with this is that people, “don’t know what they don’t know”.

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

L: I acknowledge that I constitute a segment of the the Women’s Leather community, and not the whole. This holds true for any contestant. By being a good listener, I can represent the parts of the community that I am not. As a bisexual femme woman, I can seek out bonds with women who identify differently from me. I might not share upbringing, geography, race or socioeconomic background in common with each woman, or experience the hardships or discrimination that every woman faces individually. But- I am capable of hearing and honoring my Leather sisters’ experiences, as well as of proactively striving to understand the many diverse worldviews that make up our community.

VT-TLJ: Now the basics:

Name: lynn
Current Title: Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride 2013, Ms Indiana Leather Pride 2013
City, State: Indianapolis IN

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

L:
-KISS - Kinky Indiana slaves, submissives & switches
-IKS - Indianapolis Kink Society
-NLA-Indianapolis - National Leather Association

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

L: My leather wrist cuff. I have lived in 4 states in the last 10 years ( FL, PA, WI, IN ) and nowhere has ever felt like “home”. I moved to Indiana for work, living first in a rural area about an hour outside of Indianapolis. On the recommendation of a friend I moved to a small neighborhood named Fountain Square on the south side of Indianapolis, and in doing so found “home”. It is a historic community in a depressed area that is experiencing a recent revival, bustling with open galleries, live music, and small businesses. I discovered my cuff in a local artisan’s shop of furniture and gifts made of re-purposed materials. This discovery came around the same time that I was discovering the leather community. It symbolizes so many things to me, from finding a physical home, to carrying my Leather home with me through challenging times, to reforming and re-purposing my life so that I can have a positive impact on others.

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

L: I believe that public figures, in being out about their STI status, have the opportunity to advocate for inclusion, education and open communication within their relationships and our community at large. As a person with HSV-2 I want to work through the IMsL title to convey these messages while dedicating my time, energy, and support to the Leather and Women’s Leather communities on an international level.

April 17, 2014

One of the great things about being in recovery is knowing that there are those out there who know my struggles and what it took for me to make the changes I’ve made and achieve the progress I have like no others could. For that unique sense of kinship I am grateful.

April 16, 2014
Going to IMsL? Want to meet and mingle with some hot queers and learn more about Queer Sphere? If so, this is where you want to be!

Queer Sphere is a club for people of all genders who identify as queer and kinky. The club was founded and the adventure started in November 2013. For now we are producing parties, classes and social events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Going to IMsL? Want to meet and mingle with some hot queers and learn more about Queer Sphere? If so, this is where you want to be!

Queer Sphere is a club for people of all genders who identify as queer and kinky. The club was founded and the adventure started in November 2013. For now we are producing parties, classes and social events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 16, 2014
April San Francisco Littles Munch! Wednesday, 4/23, 6 pm @ Wicked Grounds!

Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Location: Wicked Grounds
Address: 289 8th Street (near Folsom)
Cost: The cost of a drink, a treat, or a donation!
Dress Code: Casual, whatever pleases your inner little, or whatever gets you in a festive Spring mood!

Coloring, stories, crafts, and good friends…these are the things you can count on when you come to this munch…not to mention the delicious food and drinks available for purchase right in the cafe. There may even be an Easter egg hunt! This event takes place at a kink-friendly coffee shop, so feel free to come wearing your favorite littles clothes, or bring something to change into. Stuffed animals and toys are a lot of fun too.

San Francisco Littles Munch is open to anyone is into or curious about ageplay…whether you’re a little, a big, somewhere in between, or not quite sure. If you come ready to have fun and to meet new friends, you’re sure to have an awesome time.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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…

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