IMsL History

The following history was originally published in the IMsL 2011 Program Book. It was written by Rae with input and assistance from Dr. Gayle Rubin, Amy Marie Meek, Audrey Joseph, Dr. Alex Warner, Lisa G and Glenda Rider. Edited and updated with permission by Pat Baillie, Board President, IMsL Foundation

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IMsBB History

A Brief History of the International Ms Bootblack Contest, by Christina K. Court, IMsL Historian and Archivist and edited by Pat Baillie, Board President, IMsL Foundation

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IMsL History Panel (2011) – Available from Kink Academy

 IMsL History Panel, Part 1

This is the first part of the 2011 history panel containing the following IMsL titleholders: Judy Tallwing-McCarthy (1987), Shan Carr (1988), Gabrielle Antolovich (1990), Amy Marie Meek (1993; IMsL owner 1994-2006), Spencer Bergstedt (1994), Pat Baillie (1995), Jill Carter (1996), Megan (Dejarlais) Martin (1998), and Pam Meyer (1999). Leather Yenta moderates this panel and asks if any of the former titleholders would run again. Judy Tallwing-McCarthy, Shan Carr, Gabrielle Antolovich and Amy Marie Meek respond.

Highlights include Judy Tallwing-McCarthy discussing the origins of the contest; Judy Tallwing-McCarthy and Shan Carr telling stories about first two contests; Gabrielle Antolovich’s fundraising as Mother Very Superior; and Amy Marie Meek reading aloud a letter she wrote to the IMsL, Inc. Board of Directors prior to her 1993 run. Discussions also include what it was like to be the first woman at a Leather bar, AIDS fundraising, and S/M community research used in the DSM-IV project.

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IMsL History Panel, Part 2

This is the second part of the 2011 history panel containing the following IMsL titleholders: Judy Tallwing-McCarthy (1987), Shan Carr (1988), Gabrielle Antolovich (1990), Amy Marie Meek (1993; IMsL owner 1995-2006), Spencer Bergstedt (1994), Pat Baillie (1995), Jill Carter (1996), Megan (Dejarlais) Martin (1998), and Pam Meyer (1999). Leather Yenta moderates this panel and asks if any of the former titleholders would run again. Spencer Bergstedt, Pat Baillie, Jill Carter, Megan Martin, and Pam Meyer respond. Leather Yenta also asks the panel where IMsL should go from here.

Highlights include Spencer Bergstedt discussing his reason for stepping down as titleholder, Pat Baillie’s journey from the military to the IMsL contest; Jill Carter’s tales about how she earned her cover, embraced the “Each One, Teach One” philosophy and assisted with fundraising for Leather Archives & Museum; Pam Meyer discussing being a LeatherDyke in the 1980s amid the anti-S/M feminist movement; the panel’s discussion of the evolving culture of public play spaces; and Gabrielle Antolovich discovering that there was an inaccurate rumor she was a Separatist and what she learned from the experience.

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