As a community, we have been around for a lot of years. We check out the workshop and keynote speakers and see our women’s leather history. We have seen efforts by many groups and individuals to collect our history and make sure we capture the lives and stories of those who have helped to create who we are today.
We are honored to have Ms. Diana as the interviewee for Inside the Leather Jacket
Ms. Diana has been in the lifestyle for over 40 years. She is a past Coordinator of The Threshold Society, on the board of the Los Angeles Leather Coalition, and an Executive Committee member of Southern California Leather Woman. Most of her time has been spent in southern California, but she has been known to "get around". She refers to herself as "an equal opportunity Bitch" and says neither gender nor gender choice determines who she "interacts" with.
She has presented across the country, in Hawaii, and in the United Kingdom on Alternative Lifestyles, and is the Founder and originator of "The Tactile Celebration - A Sensory and Sensuous Journey". Her presentations include numerous skill improvement and personal enrichment type formats. She has been an educator for more than 47 years. Her degrees include a BA in Theatre and an MS in Psychology. Ms. Diana continues her counseling and life (and lifestyle) coaching today. Most recently, she has done presentations on Negotiations; Choosing the Right Partner; Are You Getting More Now But Enjoying It Less?; Spanking; "Before Stonewall - an Historical Perspective"; Sensation Play; Public Speaking; Hot Wax; Clothes Pins, Clamps and Zippers; The Seduction of Knives; Caning, Flogging, You're a Senior and Kinky - Now What, Connecting With A Femme Domme, The Fine Art of the Mind Fuck, and several others.
She feels privileged to have been invited to lecture and participate on numerous panel presentations at colleges, universities, and organizations around California and outside of the state (including DESIRE - LeatherWomen Unleashed, Leather Leadership Conference, The Threshold Society, The Lair, DomCon, The Center for Positive Sexuality, Behind Closed Doors, Kinky Kollege, LICK [Ladies In Charge of Kink]), Paradise Unbound, Women's International Leather Legacy, and views these as opportunities to not only educate and correct myths and misconceptions, but to give back to the community she loves. Education seems to be the dominant theme in her life. She has also been privileged to be invited to judge leather contests locally. In addition, she was given the Person of the Year award by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition at the Southland Honors of 2009 and has been nominated as both Woman of the Year and the Community Choice Award/Woman for the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2014, and received the Ms. Diana Lifetime Achievement Award by Leather H.E.A.T. in 2015.
Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) in partnership with the IMsL Foundation and IMSL have collaborated to create a series called Inside the Leather Jacket. The goal of the project is interview in depth those women we have heard about for years and can now get a chance to get to know them better.
This project will continue at IMsL April 11-14, 2019 in San Jose.