In the history of women’s leather, one of the most important groups is Lesbian Sex Mafia, the oldest continuously run BDSM support group in the U.S. The group is coming back to the forefront and kicking some ass in N.Y.C. and beyond. I met Bianca Spencer last year during a women’s history panel with LSM members. I met her again when I had the good fortune and honor of marching with LSM in the N.Y.C. Pride Parade. The Brooklyn resident made an amazing impression on me, seeming to have a quiet strength and desire to help the group flourish and the dedication to help make that happen. If you have not met her yet, I hope you have the opportunity sooner rather than later.
Jadelynn Wikkid prefers the shadows. She prefers being close to the ground, at people’s feet, creating connection through leathercare. Bootblacks are the unsung heroes of the leather community, making us all look amazing and keeping our leathers in tip-top shape for the long-term. Jadelynn has held two titles, Philadelphia Bootblack 2015 as well as being the current (and first ever) Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack (2017). She remains humble, hard-working, and as approachable as a person could possibly be who just wants to show people the beauty of the art of bootblacking. She currently resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Lucky Butch, a Pennsylvania resident, is a person who prefers being in the background. She doesn’t want the spotlight and shies away from being the center of attention. She assists in the leather community in so many ways – helping coordinate silent auctions, tending bar for the Philadelphia Women’s Leather Bar Nights she helped co-found, and attending various events around the region. Once you get a chance to meet her, you find an engaging person who cares deeply for her family, friends, and the communities she serves.
Hi! My name is Alex, and I am supremely excited about having the opportunity to write this column for Baltimore OUTloud. I currently hold the title of Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2017, and I wear that sash proudly. What that means is that I am an ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic region’s community of Leather Women. Generally, the region is considered Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City. This is an amazing group of people and we get things done.
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