Iz Connell is the first woman elected to a Bear club in Australia. She has also served on the committee of Sydney Leather Pride, amongst other Q+ events and groups.
In this video, Iz talks about learning early that she was attracted to women, how she is perceived in the lesbian community due to her involvement with the male Bear and Leather communities, and how Australia has enacted “lockout laws” that negatively effect, and seemingly target, the Q+ community.
Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat is produced by Douglas O’Keeffe and Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy (the “Producers”).The Chats seek to capture the memories, reflections, and experiences of leaders in the leather and/or LGBTQ communities. With a deep and heartfelt regard for the importance of our history, it is the intent of the Producers to collect, preserve, and appropriately share the stories of our forebears and others who have made significant contributions to the leather and/or LGBTQ communities. This is done through a series of recorded interviews.