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Mid-Atlantic Mondays

Mid-Atlantic Mondays

by Alex ‘Bear’ Conley

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meet Leather Fox

Our newest Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman, Leather Fox, is right in this paper’s backyard! I met her at a few different events and enjoyed her company immensely. She’s highly involved with one of my favorite clubs in the region (or anywhere really), the Mid-Atlantic Girls of Leather, and though we didn’t speak much I always enjoyed the interactions we did have. She always seemed up for volunteering and added a positive presence, plus she helps run a sex and BDSM blog, “The Black Pomegranate.” I can’t wait to see all that she accomplishes! I know her first bar night at Baltimore Eagle is currently scheduled for November– be on the lookout.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Meet Bumper

Bumper lives in one of the most Southern parts of what is considered leather’s Mid-Atlantic region– Chesapeake, Virginia. She’s certainly making her mark. Setting up places for budding bootblacks to learn and seasoned ones to perfect their skills as a co-leader of Hampton Roads Bootblacks, she also stepped forward to be an ambassador for the region as the Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack 2018. Approachable, sweet, and very much skilled, I loved seeing her work her magic in the bootblack chair and onstage.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones, a Virginia resident, gives seemingly tirelessly. I’ve seen this person at more events than I can count in many, many capacities. The work I see her do the most is as an American Sign Language interpreter, helping provide accessibility for deaf individuals for all kinds of events, including classes and contests. She dances on stage and brings an energy that fills the room. Sometimes my eyes sneak away from the performers to check out what she’s doing. Inevitably many an MC will make her sign dirty words and do everything in their power to make her blush. It’s a show all its own and it’s glorious. She also puts in many hours during 101s and other classes, teaching and making sure people are well taken care of and learning many kinds of kink from a patient, welcoming instructor. She’s a true inspiration and asset to our communities.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Meet Kristine Raye

When I was first getting to know Kristine Raye, a New Jersey resident, I found out her platform running for Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman was for people to love themselves. I thought that was so damn cool for a title platform as it’s so simple yet so deep. I also knew she stood for bisexual visibility. That’s not at an easy road to traverse with so many biases in leather and greater society about bisexual folks, but I never saw her back down or falter from this message. She was one of the people who helped found one of the first Team Friendly chapters. She speaks openly about mental health, including her experiences living with dissociative identity disorder. She loves her family fiercely and will champion her partner, J, and children as often as possible.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Meet Jewel Vanderlee

I met Jewel Vanderlee of Bloomfield, New Jersey, not long ago and it quickly became evident she’s a force to be reckoned with. She helped inject new life into the International Ms. Leather / International Ms. Bootblack Weekend as she headed the social media department. The excitement for the event was at a fever pitch this year and the environment she helped to create online deserves a great deal of credit for that. On the East Coast front, she throws play parties, works for Lambda Legal, and is unapologetically fierce, femme, and proud, and will unflinchingly use her voice when she feels strongly about an issue.

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