WILL is thrilled to have Pat Baillie returning this year as our emcee for the weekend!
Pat Baillie attended 12 years of Catholic school and learned to follow orders, to respect authority and that doing service and looking out for others was important in life. Pat joined the Air Force in 1979 and while on assignment in Arizona, found a group of sex positive, kinky men who were part of the leather community, giving name to what she felt inside. The leather community continued to be there for Pat through her military career during both the good times, and continued to stand beside her when she was under investigation for being queer.
Pat retired in 1993 as a Major and swore she would never be in the closet again! In 1995, she won the Ms San Jose Leather title to represent her local leather community and went on to win International Ms Leather (IMsL). After her title year, she created LeatherWomen United (LWU) which worked on a grassroots-level with communities on key issues such as voter registration, women's health, stocking local food banks, and supporting LGBT youth.
Pat continued her professional career in education at Honeywell, where she served as co-president of Albuquerque Pride and produced the Rio Grande Leather event. Pat organized and led the Consent Counts national survey; a report that has been used as a basis to support the creation of legal protections and develop education to stop discrimination and attacks on leather people and events.
In 2008, Pat returned to California to work for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates as the Director of Training.
In 2013, she and her Lady and partner Sharrin Spector, purchased the International Ms Leather (IMsL) event. She is the current Board President of the IMsL Foundation. She is a boy at heart and service is what she is all about. She belongs to Lady Sharrin.