IMSLBB | International Ms. Leather Contest | San Jose Cali | Alexandro Rox Performs Clad In Leather

I have the honor of performing at this amazing event. This Leather event has been making history since 1986. Thank you everyone that helped to get me here.  -Alex

What is an IMsL Weekend all about?

Besides the contest, IMsL continues to evolve as producers change but at the heart of the event is the building a community of Leatherwoman, kinksters, sex geeks, sex positive and empowered women (and those who love them including the growing men of IMsL attendees).  The weekend runs now runs from Thursday through Sunday night, providing an extended weekend to meet, cruise, and play.  It takes a staff of 20 and roughly 100 volunteers their time during the weekend itself to run the stage crew, support security and registration, and make sure the weekend happens. The IMsL weekend is about the opportunity to meet and join with others in 24 hour a day on-site play spaces, in classrooms to learn or hone skills and knowledge, and through networking events and hospitality parties.  It is the largest gathering of Leatherwoman but surprisingly, our “men of IMsL” attend to support the event and enjoy the play and the energy of the weekend. If you would like to learn more about the previous IMsL/IMsBB titleholders.

To learn more about the weekend

see the events section on the IMsL website (www.imsl.org ) and check out the schedule.  The weekend starts Thursday night with “Seduction”, a hot show with burlesque and strip performances.  In 2015, the IMsBB contest technical boot portion of the contest will be held during the Queer Happy Hour reception before Seduction so you can cheer on your favorite contestant.  Learn more about bootblacking and leather care and enjoy some personal attention from our celebrity guest bootblacks during the reception and show!  The play space opens on Thursday night and is open from 9am to until 3am.  Check out the open play space as well as the men and women space all weekend long!

Friday includes intensive workshops

and a lunch panel on a key issue facing the women’s leather community, the opening of the vendor area and the chance to bid on the silent auction items. Friday night is also the chance to see everyone and meet the contestants during the Opening show.  The focal point of the weekend remains the contest itself. The individuals who have held the title of IMsL and IMsBB are a powerful and diverse group. Together, they span a variety of ages, races and ethnicity, sexual orientations and gender identities. They come from all over the world. They are bottoms, tops, and switches, gay/dyke/lesbian, straight, bisexual, and transgender. They have a variety of fetishes. Some have been in the community for a few years, while some are multi-decade veterans of leather organizing, activism, and education. In their personal lives, they are athletes, artists, parents, and members of their spiritual communities. They have overcome hardships including illness, violence, and addiction. They volunteer their time for a wide variety of causes, including AIDS charities, homeless assistance, animal rescue, union organizing, LGBT groups, theater, and the Girl Scouts. Their occupations are equally varied; they include lawyers, rope-makers, biologists, construction workers, non-profit workers, authors, military veterans, healthcare providers, and many other professions.
In between contest interviews and workshops, you can visit the Bootblack Lounge, set up play dates in the play space, and attend the Hospitality parties that run all weekend.  See the finale to the Contest with hot fantasies on Saturday night as the new IMsL/IMsBB titles are announced.

Sunday starts with brunch

and our keynote speaker but don’t check out early.  Events on Sunday include workshops, pool party and bawdy storytelling and that last chance to enjoy the playspace!  The event is accessible and provides daily recovery meetings.  Clubs and organizations come together to produce receptions and show off their colors.

One of the key components of the event is the fundraising

for the IMsL/IMsBB titleholders and supporting the preservation of our Leatherwoman history.  The IMsL Foundation benefits from fundraising over the weekend and provides more  fun.  Ways to get involved are to tip the performers at Seduction and purchase silent auction gifts from contestant baskets and contributions.  The titleholders travel around the world during their title year and act as representatives offering peer education, support for community events as a judge or MC and to promote IMsL/IMsBB weekend.  Titleholders are also there to speak out for the causes they believe in. Besides North America, Generation 4 titleholders have been to travel throughout North America, Australia, Europe and South Africa.  IMsL over the years has been recognized by the community through the Pantheon of Leather awards and been honored with proclamations from the City of San Francisco and the California State Assembly and State Senate. In 2016, the IMsL Foundation was also recognized as the Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit of the Year. IMSL/IMsBB weekend continues to grow each year and is a vital part of the women’s Leather community. Please join us!

The IMsL/IMsBB weekend should be an inclusive and sex positive space for all people.

All are welcome, and racism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination have no place here. An important part of the weekend is exploring how the intersectionanality of race, class, gender, and ability affect experiences of leather, kink, and sexualities. We must make a commitment to enriching these intersectionalites not only at the weekend but throughout our communities. We will work toward this goal.