IMsL – Suzie Shepherd
1989 – Sponsor: Leatherwoman Productions, Portland OR.
Ms Portland Leatherwoman 1989, Susie was selected as Portland’s Gay Woman of the Year in 1978 and again in 1987 for her contributions to the gay community. She is a member of Portland Power and Trust, the Secretary of the Portland chapter of the National Leather Association and active in programs for recovering alcoholics, addicts and compulsive overeaters. Her interests include football, sculpting watermelons, playing the occasional accordion and indulging her serious cat fetish.
2010Susie Shepherd – Susie chairs the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Committee of Equity Foundation, producing the highly-acclaimed A Class Act each spring, where proceeds benefit law students committed to fighting bigotry and discrimination. The fund has given out over $105,000 in scholarships in the past 15 years. She served on the Portland PFLAG board from 2003 – 2005. In 2004, she received the Award of Merit from OGALLA, the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association, and served on their board from 1999 to 2005. She received the Award of Merit from the National Leather Association International in 1993. She was International Slave 1992 with her partner– now of 20 years–Kaite Chase, being International Master. Susie was named Pantheon of Leather’s Woman of the Year and received the Community Choice Award in 1991. She is captain of the Portland PFLAG Adopt-A-Highway team, and volunteers on political campaigns.