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IMsL 1988

March 26, 1988 was the date of the 2nd year of IMsL, Ten (10) women competed for the title. 
The 1988 Contestants were:
 
  • Jan Brown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Shann Carr, Portland, OR
  • B.C. Cliver, San Francisco, CA
  • Ilene Dodd from Phoenix, AZ (deceased)
  • Angel Forbes, Denver, CO
  • Ami Moore, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Eileen Myers, San Francisco, CA
  • Scooter, San Francisco, CA
  • Vik Stump, Seattle, WA
  • Jolanne Tierny, Sacramento, CA
Shann Carr
I'm a 1988 - Sponsor: Portland Power and Trust Written Today from my speeches during the year: Shann Carr is 23 and the 2nd IMsL. She is an aspiring comedian who hopes her jokes will help raise funds and educate the public about the prevention and progress against HIV. She's adamant that men and women need to be in this fight together and that leather people of every perversion need to dish out as much respect and tolerance as we hope to receive. [Ed note: no bio in the program book that year].

2010 - 24 years after her title-year Shann Carr remains on the scene with IMsL and the Leather Community Nation-wide. I have never been one to play publicly, but my twisted sense of fun, and sex and politics and relationships and power is still very rooted in a leather mentality. I still do quite a few charity events within the scene and most of my longest relationships have kept me connected to a community I cherish and am proud to represent. Personally, I traveled the world and back as a headlining comedian for 10 years with Atlantis cruises. I've managed to eek out a living in the gay entertainment industry by augmenting my stand-up by producing videos, and film and live shows. By writing articles and books and booking tours and any other form of media prostitution I could get my hands on. Last year I was voted by Curve Magazine readers among the top 10 Lesbian Comedians in the country. So I guess, whoring myself out has worked for me on a couple of levels! My next goal is to make my home town of Palm Springs into the media hub for the production of Gay Television. Watch me! www.shanncarr.com

IMsL was open to all women regardless of sexual orientation, age, race or background. Ilene was the first woman to compete a second time and two contestants (Jan and Ami) from Canada were the first international contestants. Judges were Pat Califia, Jacquie Collins, Corona, Artemis OakGrove, and Judy Tallwing-McCarthey. The beneficiaries for 1988 were the Names Project, the Lyons-Martin Clinic and Project Open Hand.
The IMsL Board was growing and at this point it consisted of 9 members – Sky Renfro, Helen Ruvelas, Joy Schulenberg, Audrey Joseph, Robert Ratliff, Alan Selby, Mryna Vladic, and Kim Wallace.
We do not have any class or individual pictures except Shann! See if you have some pictures or videos from those days and please send them to imslhistory@gmail.com.