Standing Up for Vivian: #RoadToIMsLBB2018

Bootblack Vivian, photo by Ryan Coit

CHICAGO — On Saturday, April 6th, the Chicago community came out in full force to show their support for Vivian, who will be competing in the 2018 International Ms Bootblack Competition.  The competition takes place April 19 – April 22, 2018. Touche Chicago, one of Vivian’s sponsors hosted “Stand Up! A Service Auction” an auction in which community members auctioned off an evening, scene, or service to the winner. All money raised from the evening is going toward Vivian’s travel fund.

Vivian is a fierce Glitter Femme who believes that the labels we claim are both armor and integral parts of our beings. As a Bootblack, Leather Barbie, and Womanist, she challenges preconceived notions about Femmes and leather by living it as authentically and unapologetically as possible, adhering to values that are crucial to her: service, commitment to growth, bridging generational and gender gaps, and intersectional feminism. The founding member of SF Bay Area Bootlab, she calls California her birth place, though she now calls Chicago her home. She can often be found at various events across the country, or at home curled up with her teacup chihuahua Lily aka. Floof Complex.

The evening was emceed by Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 Stitch, with Jay Feret as the Gummy Bear Shot boy for the evening.

Left to Right: Gummy Bear Shot Boy Jey, EmCee Stitch, Bootblack Vivian, and Butch

Those auctioned off included:

  • Mr Chicago Leather 2014, Miguel Torres: Auctioned off a session of electro play or dinner, winner’s choice (though from the sounds of the evening, electro was the likely choice
  • Myke Beefy: His skills include; bondage, mummification and encasement, corporal punishment, piercing and sharps, fire play and fire cupping, and wax play. These skills are available for play or skill share.
  • Great Lakes Slave 2015/Illinois Slave 2014, slave amendah: One slave for one evening (total of four [4] hours) of dinner service, which includes: serving prepared food, drinks, dessert, tea, and one foot rub for host and one guest. Boundaries: no sexual service, no meal prep.
  • Mr Fetish Jackhammer 2016, Slade Travis: auctioned of one of his many skills which include Bondage(Advance to Predicament), Impact play (Flogging, Fire Flogging, Paddling/Caning, punching), Electric Play, and Pressure Point Play
  • Mr. Illinois Bear 2017/Mr. North American Daddy Bear 2018, Freddy aka B. Diddy: auctioned off Sunday Funday featuring Bears, Brunch, Booze, and Stogies. A nice filling brunch with B. Diddy himself followed by some stogies and whiskey at Blue Havana.
  • Bayard Matty: auctioned off a 4 hour fetish photography shoot

    Back Row: Emcee Stitch and Bootblack Vivian; Front Row: Bayard, Slade, Amendah, Miguel, and Myke; Not Pictured: B. Diddy

There was some intense bidding for several of the auctions as well as raffle prizes of donations from Men’s Room Chicago.  It was an amazing night overall with plenty of money raised both locally and via facebook live!

Good Luck at International Ms Bootblack Vivian!!