2018 My first real exposure to the leather community was in 1984 when I walked into my first leather bar. It was a testosterone-filled environment, a macho man’s world. Like a boys’ treehouse it needed a sign that said: No girls allowed. I don’t recall seeing a sign in the bar, but there might as well have been one. It was not a place for women.

The leather community has evolved since then and we are all the better for it. On Tuesday, April 3rd I sat down at the Baltimore Eagle with Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018 Amy “Foxxy” Phillips. It was afternoon and we were the only people in the bar. As we sat there in the same building where in 1992 the first female Eagle bar titleholder was selected, I could not help but to be proud that in today’s leather community not only are girls allowed, they are leading the way.

Amy was born in a small tour near Louisville, Kentucky. She says she wasn’t exposed to much in her childhood. Her mother had one goal for all her children: don’t spend your life stuck in a small town in Kentucky. Amy accomplished that goal by becoming a military wife. Her marriage eventually brought her to Maryland. She has since left the marriage, but not the state. She likes Maryland and now lives with her two children in Catonsville. It is the longest she has ever stayed in one place. Maryland now feels like home, but she admits that she is a nomad and is thinking about moving again, perhaps to the Philadelphia area.

Amy identifies as a queer woman and laughed as she added that her mother came out before she did and now lives as a proud lesbian on the west coast. Her daughter has also come out. She discovered her kinky side in her own bedroom admitting that she and her husband were not the best sexually. At one point she was even married to a woman but that did not go well. She never had any girlfriends back in Kentucky, but once she discovered the leather community she knew that it was for her: “Once you fall in that rabbit hole you want to go as far as you can go.” She met some of the other Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman titleholders and started supporting them and helping them with their events. When the 2018 contest came around in August, she decided to run. It was her first time running for a title, but she was not afraid. She knew that if she won she would have lots of support.

I asked her what advice she would give to someone who was thinking about running for a leather title. She said that they should start by attending a few leather events to see if it is for them. She recommended that a person start with small local events. One of the first leather events that she attended was MAL (Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in DC) and it was too intense as a starting point. “Go and see if it’s for you,” she advises. “When you run for a title, don’t be prepared to lose, be prepared to win!”

As a regional titleholder, Amy has been attending many functions in the Mid-Atlantic area. She is not trying to go broke by traveling all over the country (She regrets that she missed her own fundraising event at the Baltimore Eagle on February 3rd, but she had kidney stones. She is thankful for Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack 2018 “Bumper” who really stepped up and has been a big help.) She says that the biggest fear a leather titleholder has is that she is not doing enough. It may be April already, but her time helping her community is far from over. She is planning another event in July, perhaps with Mr. Maryland Leather 2018 Brendan Patrick. She is also not going away when she steps down. Next year she plans to run for International Ms. Leather (IMsL). Amy loves politics and has a BA in Political Science. “Social justice is my brand,” she explained.

Amy has much to offer the leather community and her journey is far from over. Make sure you come out and meet Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018. She is another proud leather woman who has stepped up to help her community and is ready to lead the way.

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Rodney Burger
Rodney Burger
Rodney is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland and for many years has lived in Baltimore. In April 2017, Rodney was sworn in for his 10th year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over fourteen years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and by the Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf in 2006. The 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas benefit show was dedicated to Rodney and his partner Sir Steve. He has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. He has judged Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015, Atlantic States LeatherSIR / Leatherboy and recently judged Mr. Eagle NYC 2018. He is delighted to be able to bring news of his beloved leather community to his readers every issue.