I have, in the course of my time in the community, been nominated for a fair number of awards. I never win any, to be clear, and that’s really ok, though it’s always easier to lose when you lose to people whom you would vote for over yourself, too.
I got a notice in my email today that I’d been nominated for a Pantheon of Leather award.
The Pantheon of Leather is one of the major award groups in the Leather community. There are some other awards, too, obviously, but Pantheon is kind of the Academy Awards of Leather, in that there are a lot of different awards for a lot of different categories.
There are six or eight regions, and there are usually between four and six nominees in each category. There are also some more national categories, Man and Woman of the Year, Couple of the Year, Male and Female Community Choice, multiple President’s Award, Large Group, Large Event, Small Group, Small Event, Business Person, Canadian Awards, etc.
It’s a lot of awards.
I’ve been nominated in the past for Southeast Regional Awards. I’ve been nominated for Woman of the Year and slave drew and I have been nominated for Couple of the Year also.
The Pantheon site has this to say about its process last year:
Nominations were accepted in January and February.
A committee selected Nominee Finalists from the list of nearly 450 submitted.
There were about 190 Nominee Finalists in a total in 27 categories.
Nominee Finalists were notified and given an opportunity to supply a biography in their own words for the Selection Panel to consider.
The Selection Panel, made up of individuals who received awards last year, cast their votes in mid-May to determine this year’s award recipients.
Regional Award Recipients were announced during a press conference on the Leather Mart stage at International Mr. Leather.
All Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards including the Regional Awards and the Major Awards were presented at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday night, August 5.
So it really IS an honor just to be nominated, because simply having your name submitted doesn’t guarantee you a nomination.
I was nominated this year for an award I’ve never been nominated for previously, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lifetime achievement is a pretty broad description, isn’t it? It does tend to make me think about my lifetime and what I feel that I’ve achieved.
Not as much as I wanted, certainly.
More than I thought I would.
The Louisville Munch is still going strong, nearly 15 years later.
I’ve presented at probably 60 or 70 events, at least. That probably represents close to 1500 people in one class or another. I’ve done classes where only one showed up, and classes where 40 or 50 showed up, and everything in between.
I’ve written things that have been useful to others, and that they found insightful.
I’ve put on events, produced Leather contests and Leather contestants who went on to win other titles.
I’ve founded groups, and worked on them. Some of them worked out, some of them didn’t.
I won’t win this award, I would be beyond shocked if I did. I don’t know who else is nominated this year, but I know the caliber of women who are, and I am not being disingenuous when I say that. Last year’s nominees included Glenda Rider, Jill Carter, Joanne Gaddy, Laura Antoniou and Sharrin Spector.
That’s pretty heady names among which to list my own.