Sarah found leather sex in 1980 at a conservative southern university and found the leather community in 1988 at Mid Atlantic Leather. In 1992 she co-founded Females Investigating Sexual Terrain (FIST) in Baltimore. In 1994 she was Ms Baltimore Eagle and became the first American Leatherwoman a few weeks later.
Sarah was one of the first two female associates of COMMAND, MC, is an associate of Low Country Leather and a lifetime member of WILI. She cofounded Play House Studios & Gallery, the first full time public play space in the Mid Atlantic region. Sarah was Leather Editor of the Baltimore Gay Paper for 5 years and won 3 Pantheon of Leather awards. In Mama's Family she is known as Humble Sarah.
Sarah has judged many local, regional and international contests including IMsL, IML (2011), ABW and International Mr Drummer (1995). She is Head Judge Emeritus of Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL), an event that promotes and preserves women's leather history and is held in Dallas each August.
In 2010 Sarah co-founded the Women's Leather History Project (now Program) at the Leather Archives & Museum. She served on their Board from 2011-2016. Though she left the Board, Sarah remains committed to making sure the stories of women's lives continue to be recorded and documented.
Sarah is a proud clean and sober leatherdyke living in Denver, Colorado with her dog Berkley. Go Broncos!
Annie Romano hails from San Diego and has been in the Leather Community since 1990. She has been honored to hold two community titles: Ms San Diego Leather 1998 and Ms World Leather 2001. Annie is currently one of the producers for San Diego Leather Pride and the Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather titles. She is also an Emeritus Member of the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as Sister Hecate of the Bodacious Tatas!
Annie is an alumni of IMsL, having competed in 1998 in Atlanta, one of a class of 17 amazing women. It was a great time!
As Ms World Leather 2001, Annie’s platform was raising awareness and funds for Lupus, a syndrome affecting quite a few people in the leather community, including her wife at the time, Jo Blas. It is gratifying to her that people still tell her that hearing her speak about Lupus helped their sister/mother/themselves get diagnosed and begin treatment.
Annie is proud and honored to be in service to Mr. Dickerson of San Diego as His boy. He has been instrumental in guiding her along this part of her leather journey. Being in service to Mr. Dickerson has helped her to become a better leader and a stronger leather woman.
Viola Johnson has been an activist, educator, writer, motivational speaker, and author in and for the Leather community for over four decades. Vi has served as a mentor to countless individuals, and several generations of Leathermen and Leatherwomen have called her “Mom”. She is delighted to now be “Grandmom” to new generations of kinklings. Vi is passionately involved with preserving the history of the SM/Leather/Fetish communities. She is the Owner and Senior Librarian of the Carter/Johnson Library and Collection, a compilation of over 10,000 books (both fi ction and non-fi ction), periodicals, posters and other art, newsletters, and ephemera documenting the history of SM/Leather/Kink from the earliest drawings documenting human sexuality to the present day. She serves on the organization’s Board of Directors, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Leather Hall of Fame. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Leather Archives & Museum and other organizations. Vi is a member of Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association (T.U.L.S.A.), the Lesbian Sex Mafi a (LSM), the ONYX Pearls, and an honorary member of many other SM/Leather/Fetish organizations. She has lectured at numerous academic institutions, including Bryn Mawr, Barnard College, and Oklahoma State University. She continues to speak and serve on panels at a wide variety of events and organizations. Vi has received numerous honors for her work, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from Pantheon of Leather, the National Leather Association, Black Beat, and the Palm Springs (CA) Pride Organization. Additionally, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) honored her in 2012 with its Leather Leadership Award. She is the author of two books, “Dhampir: Child of the Blood” and “To Love, To Obey, To Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave”, and numerous articles appearing in a wide variety of publications. Vi is the wife of Jill Carter, International Ms. Leather 1996. She lives in the Midwestern United States.
Sharrin Spector found the leather community in Seattle. Sharrin has been active in the BDSM/Leather community for the last 20+ years. She was one of the organizers of the first lesbian BDSM conference, Powersurge, held in in Seattle in 1992. Her passions for blood, rattan canes and being on the receiving end of excellent service moved her into being a much requested educator and player. Sharrin has taught for numerous organizations including Black Rose, Thunder in the Mountains, Dark Odyssey and IMsL. She supported the Bay area community through Pierce Ink, her body modification shop, for 20+ years. She began working on IMsL staff with Generation 3 (2006). She became Executive Producer of IMsL Productions, LLC that hosts the weekend in 2013. When not traveling, she lives in a non-traditional "poly-cule" in Oakland, CA and married her boy, pat in 2014. She is the lead piercer at Bulldog Tattoo in San Francisco and continues to do branding and scarification by appointment around the country! She creates an incredible party for 800 of her closest friends and remind us all why we love what we do!
The property of one – now for more than 15 years, the girlfriend of another – for nearly 10, the lover and meat to others in various magical spaces from minutes to days to years, a bootblack since circa 2000, labels are tricky, but queer and pig seem to stick throughout all the adventures of sex and love and pain, to responsible community participation and supporting others.
Known for a sharp sense of humor, aggressive and heavy play style, now from both ends of the whip, she’s also got a serious fetish for outstanding service done in simple, quiet, and exquisitely detailed fashion, and no patience for absurd showboating. Tread carefully on discussion topics where you want to share the “should-a, would-a” stuff of leather rules and definitions, it doesn’t fly in this world.
“Well, who is she and why is she here?” experience includes often wondering the same thing, but she’s facilitated workshops for more than 14 years on topics from surviving interrogation scenes and madly bottoming to bullwhips, to the art and skill of bootblacking, managing households, and having some skills to share about poly relationships. Event involvement and achievements include an ancient dusty sash as Ms. Olympus Leather 2003, a regularly dusted and shiny Rocky Mountain Pantheon of Leather in 2009, and the eternal joy of being a founder and past president of the Phoenix boys of Leather. In the herding cats category, a former IMsL Volunteer Coordinator, and now the Vendor Coordinator and likely permanently in service to the event.
Wanton cruising also disguised as event participation as staff, instructor, or judge includes: Tribal Fire, Southwest Leather Conference, WIL, Great Lakes Leather, SouthPlains Leather, Dark Odyssey Fusion, Lupercalia, Folsom Fringe, Leather Reign, TESFest… and whew, she gets around. Because, pig.
A slave to Master Michael for over thirteen years, a femme leatherwoman, bootblack, masochist and puppy. Slave angie has worked hard to grow in the Master/slave dynamic that means so much to her, and has found love and happiness in being who she is. Angie’s path as a slave has taken her to explore a more spiritual/deeper element, as well as learning to share her experiences to others, teaching when she’s asked to, around the world.
Angie is honored to be International slave 2014. She is co-recipient of the 2015 Jack Stice Memorial award and 2015 Pantheon Couple of the Year award. She is also the Treasurer for the Chicago Leather Club and a member of the Butchmann’s Board of Directors. Angie loves to ride with Michael and keep active in service to her Master and community, as well as making sure Master has plenty of gray hairs.
Sir Tug hails from Dallas, TX and is the current International LeatherSir representing International LeatherSir/boy-International Community Bootblack (ILSb-ICBB). Delivering sexual fantasies whenever possible, Tug incorporates BDSM in to almost all of his sexual play. He believes that mentoring is an absolute honor, and mentors whenever possible. Tug is dedicated to helping homeless veterans, and works tirelessly at preventing bullying and abuse on any level. He enjoys teaching others the way of kink and fetish and is always willing to provide private sessions.
Tug is a member of the Leather Knights in Dallas as well as the Discipline Corps. He has helped raise money for a multitude of non profit organizations throughout the State of Texas. An avid rugby fan, he plays strong side flanker for the Lost Souls Rugby Football Club and is their past Board President.