“What an amazing ride! The support and love from our community was humbling, to say the least. Thank you so much.”
Jennifer: Ms. SouthEast LeatherFest 2015
Jennifer calls Monroe, NC her home. Some people use the labels kinky, poly, bisexual switch to define themselves however she prefers energy whore and how your energy relates to hers determines which hat you get. In addition to being a full patch member of Appalachian Women of Leather, supporting many leather clubs and events and raising money for various organizations, most of her free time is spent presenting on her two favorite mediums, blood and rope, or chilling out with family and friends.
You know those platitudes that we all hate: everything happens for a reason or when one door closes, another one opens... they suck hearing when you are going through things but hindsite, they are absolutely true.
So my life for the last two years has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster and yet for each bad/sad/ughhh event amazing things happened.
My heart was broken and yet.. I finally embraced some hard truths and started working on hugging my inner child. That work prepared me for a war I had no idea I was going to fight. It also gave me the opportunity to be alone for the first time in a very long time and to focus on me and my wants and needs and what I want my future to look like and so I am extremely grateful for the end.
I finished phase A of school and thought I would get a job and just settle for my year off. Wrong. I was recruited heavily for two very different positions that I loved for different reasons and as opposed to choosing, I took both. Truth serum: I am more afraid of success than failure and tend to turn my own damn light off because mediocre and failure are old sweaters(hard truths embraced, I am an ACOA). I was very successful in both and just recently gave up the a.m. job because: school starts in May!
My sperm donor decided to get clean. It became a war trying to get him the benefits he deserved. Through the 7 months I gave my inner child her voice and allowed her something most people don't get the opportunity for: I spoke my truths and while they fell on deaf ears more healing occurred. I spent 7 months advocating for a man I don't really like as a human because of my fundamental beliefs and realized exactly how much of a badass warrior I actually am. He is safe in his forever home and my mirror is clean.
So what is in store for me?
I start a bridge program in May so in 14 months I will be a RN.
I still do a little volunteering here and there though my events are limited due to work and school. IMsLBB to support Tig, SELF and ABW are probably the only certain ones I am attending this year.
My kid graduates and heads off to school.
I have a potential...maybe.. ya know..
The doors closed, the windows opened.
Still I rise.
Ms SELF 2015
Some of her accomplishments include:
a. She marched in 3 pride parades: Savannah, GA, Columbia, SC, and NYC, NY
b. She organized and developed 1 personal fundraiser: Carnival of Madness: a Night of Burlesque and raised $2,340.
c. She co-organized 3 fundraisers with her club, Appalachian Women of Leather to support suicide prevention, the AIDS walk Charlotte and Time Out Youth to raise almost $3,000
d. She attended 4 fundraisers, 7 regional events, 4 runs, and too many bar nights to count.
e. She taught in multiple states: NC, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, California, Texax Louisiana, Tennessee to name a few
f. She was interviewed by Kinky Cast podcast
g. She traveled close to 30,000 miles
“I am humbled, yet overwhelmed with the love and support I have experienced over the entire contest weekend. This is the beginning of a wonderful title year journey!! Bring it on…..”
Timothy: Mr. SouthEast LeatherFest 2015
Timothy got his first taste of Leather venturing into the DC Eagle in mid-1987. It wasn’t until the closing of the Charlotte Eagle that he became an active member of the community, and not just a bystander. When the Woodshed Lounge became the home bar for The Tradesmen, he met and almost immediately got involved with the best group of Leather men that you could ever know. It is through this membership and the exposure from the “inside”, that he was able to witness and experience the Structure, the Brotherhood and the Loyalty this community is based on.
In the five years, that he has been a full member, Timothy has served the Tradesmen, first as a Pledge, then as Secretary, followed by President and now as Vice President. His Club brothers honored him by appointing him as Mr. NC Leather 2013. He was honored as Tradesmen of the Year twice, for the years 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Earlier this year, he was gifted with and presented his first piece of Leather by boy Dave Hudson at the Tradesmen’s January bar night.
In addition to the Tradesmen, Timothy volunteers at several organizations that serve our community. He is the Sign Language interpreter for R.A.I.N., where he has interpreted the program at the Charlotte AIDS Walk for the last 8 years. He is a working member at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a Sign Language interpreter. He is also a volunteer at Great Things and My Sister’s House. He also enjoys raising funds with the Tradesmen for The House of Mercy.
Currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Timothy is a Bartender/Manager at The Woodshed Lounge. He is also a full time student pursuing a degree as a Registered Nurse. Timothy is proud and honored to serve the Leather communities of this region and represent the southeast wherever his travels may take him as the 2015-2016 Mr. SE LeatherFest.
Some of his accomplishments:
Mr. SELF 2016 traveled more than 32000 miles during his title year. During that time he marched in 3 Pride parades (Augusta, GA, Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC.) He attended Atlanta Leather Pride as well as several other Leather runs in High Point, NC (TLC), Columbia, SC (CLO), Charleston, SC where he was the keynote speaker (Low Country Leather).
He attended IML and ABW, both in Chicago, COMMAND and Mr. Maryland Leather in Baltimore, MD, MAL in Washington, DC, NC Leather Contest in Charlotte, NC. (ONYX-Mid Atlantic) and the Leather History Conference in Greensboro, NC.
More importantly, during his year, he participated in several fund-raisers. He raised more than 1500.00 for the Charlotte AIDS Walk, More than 1600.00 for the Belmont Walk for AIDS benefiting the House of Mercy and participated in several fundraisers which raised 1000.00 to benefit PULSE Atlanta.
Timothy even traveled to Orlando and spent a week volunteering where ever he could to provide support in the aftermath of that tragedy. He also spent an evening at the Atlanta Eagle, volun-teering his time by bartending for the Panthers, so they could mourn the passing of their leader, Sir Alan Penrod.
All over the place, Timothy attended a few BIG TIME fundraisers and GALA Celebrations. One to benefit Domestic Violence fea-tured First Lady Michelle Obama as the keynote speaker. Anoth-er, benefited SPHINX was hosted by Supreme Court Justice So-tomayor. He even got to attend a GALA hosted by LGBT Leader-ship Council featuring POTUS Barrack Obama!
Timothy also traveled to San Francisco, Palm Springs, Miami, FL, Asheville NC, Hickory NC, numerous trips to Atlanta, GA, Raleigh, NC, New York City, Sag Harbour, and Charleston, SC. Too many bars and clubs to mention…he did his best to be everywhere he could!!!
If only there was more time…
“It hasn’t sunken in yet. It’s still so surreal. I’m honored and a bit dumb founded.”
Autumn: SouthEast Person of Leather 2015
Autumn first encountered kink seven years ago. After a few staggered years of awkwardness the incorrigible brat officially entered the kink scene at large four years ago. The sassy little darling hasn’t looked back since.
Autumn co-hosted demos and play parties for a little over two years. The undeniably adorable switch has also attended conventions and been a demo dolly as well. Autumn continues to strive to learn as much as possible about the kink community and Leather. This was Autumn’s first competition. The endearingly naïve troublemaker will represent the SouthEast and show what a great amount of diversity SELF has to offer. ^.^
Stuff it gender specific pronouns!
2018 Update: Hi folks!
So, you want to know what I’ve been up to, eh? Well, all you had to do was ask! Since my title year, I have done A LOT of traveling. I have had the privilege of working with multiple vendors, traveling this gorgeous country, and selling all manner of wonderfully perverse and lovely things to you degenerate kinksters. :P
While I was on that crazy trek I got to present classes, judge contests, volunteer, meet some pretty incredible people, indulge in new things, have some wild adventures, and learn a lot about myself! I will be the first person to say that the experiences I had during those times were definitely some of the best moments of my life thus far. After traveling over almost 500,000 miles since I became a titleholder in 2015, I made the decision to take a step back and take some time for myself.
So, I only plan to attend a few events this year, but don’t you worry! I will keep presenting, judging, vending, volunteering, and being an active part of the Leather community. I just also need to take some time to spend with my amazing fur babies, my chosen family, and with myself. I’m going to ramp my travels back up within the next year or two. Until then, I look forward to seeing you all when I’m out and about. As always, I love and adore each and every one of you, I ALWAYS want you to come up and speak to me, and I hope that you and yours are doing well until we meet again. <3
In Love and Leather--Your 2015 SEPoL,
Some of her accomplishments:
a. She traveled over 24,500 miles
b. She raised over $8,000
c. She attended 21 events
d. She volunteered over 200 hours
e. She gave 47 presentations
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to be Southeast Bootblack 2015. I look forward to what the future holds with my new family. It still seems surreal and I am grateful!!!”
Friday: SouthEast Bootblack 2015
Friday is from Tuscaloosa, AL and is active in the Birmingham community with The Red Chair with fairly frequent forays to visit House Je Te Vois in New Orleans. She has been involved in the community for 3 years but interested for much longer.
Her love for leather began when she was growing up and riding horses, grew when she took care of her ex’s boots when he joined the Army in early 2000’s and saw resurgence when offered a chance to attend a small workshop in Birmingham in August 2013. After boot blacking publicly for the first time at Southern Sole in 2014, she was hooked on the energy and has now gotten to black at Southwest Leather, Frolicon, The Red Chair, and House Je Te Vois.
Some of her accomplishments:
a. 32 Weekends of Travel-only 7 in her home state.
b. 22,000 miles traveled total
c. She taught in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida and blacked in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona
d. She traveled to North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Arizona
e. She isn’t sure how much she donated or raised but it consisted of bootblacking tips to various organizations and travel funds, kits, and boots donated for auctions.