In 1992, IMsL moved to the end of the month on March 31 and the theme was “Hell on Wheels”. The Beneficiary this year was the Women’s Cancer Research Center in Berkeley, CA. The event was produced by Audrey Joseph, Shadow Morton, the 1st Runner up from 1987, was the Stage Manager and Shann Carr, IMsL 1988 was the Choreographer. Skeeter and Jamie were the entertainment and Lily Braindrop was the MC!
The judges were Illene “Catrina” Dodd, Kay Hallanger, Red Helbig, Sybil Holiday and Kitty Tsui. Ten (10) contestants were in the 1992 title hunt:
- Blair Kituhwa, San Francisco, CA
- Carolina, Sacramento, CA
- Idexa, San Francisco, CA
- Beth Key, San Jose, CA
- Kat McGuire, Chicago, IL
- Metz, Fresno CA
- Pam Meyer, Madison, WI
- Vivian L Smith, Kirkwood, MO
- Pan, Toronto, Ontario, CAN
- Teri Trotter, Scottsdale, AZ
Blair brought the title back to San Francisco by the end of the night. You can read more about Blair at http://www.imslfoundation.org/past-titleholders/1992-2/ . It was a San Francisco banner year in 1992 with Lenny Broberg winning IML 1992 as Blair’s title spouse!
The board in 1992 was Sky Renfro (President), Joy Schulenberg (Vice President), Mike Hernandez (Treasurer) and Ann M Soucy-West (Secretary). This year also was the creation of a new event Powersurge produced by Outerlimits in Seattle, WA for women. Talk to Sharrin about her role as part of the planning committee for this amazing event. The Spanner case in England where gay men engaging in consensual BDSM were arrested was drawing national attention under Operation Spanner.
We need class pictures or any other items from the 1992 contest. We are looking for pictures or videos from those days and especially the contest. If you have any of these, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you know where these women are or have a way to contact them? We are inviting them all to join us for the IMsL 30th year, April 14-17, 2016 for our Class Reunion! Check out the rest of program and more about 1992!
IMsL – Blair
1992 – Ms. San Francisco Leather 1992, Blair was also first runner up as S.F. Dyke Daddy ’91-’92 and Ms. Cheeks & Chaps ’91 –’92. A clean and sober sports enthusiast, Blair volunteers her time, talents and energy to a variety of leather and other causes. She has worked on the Shanti Project Auction, with 18th Street Services and Women’s Health Organizations and is assisting in coordination of and fundraising for the 1st African American Lesbian and Gay Conference.
2012 – Blair, the 6th IMsL, in now retired after a 30 year career working in-pt psychiatry at several facilities. He transitioned from female to male,beginning in 1997. He identifies as FTM,and chooses to have bigger fish to fry than obsess about gender,race,sexual identity,politics or religion. “My life mission is to help facilitate healing within our Mother Earth…one blade of grass at a time, one animal at a time, and whatever humans I can help. For this process to work well,I must keep a constant healing vigil at my own bedside so to speak,taking extended leaves from modern society for prolonged time in the wilderness. If I don’t keep myself in balance,then,my gifts are of no use to others. I remain proud to have been IMsL-1992, with such a wide array of talent. I will always consider my friends in the Leather community to be among the best…right up there!” Blair Kituhwa
1992 Program Book
(Mobile version available here)