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Boiler Room Gallery Adopted in Memory of Eric Lawrence
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Eric Lawrence (right) with his surviving husband, Ira C. Smith (left)

LA&M Boiler Room Gallery Adopted in Memory of Eric Lawrence

The Boiler Room Gallery at the Leather Archives & Museum has been adopted by The Bear Man and LeatherWerks in memory of Eric Lawrence.

Eric Lawrence co-founded LeatherWerks with The Bear Man in 1995.  Eric was a gay rights and sexuality rights leader and activist from 1981 through the time of his passing in 2013.  Eric was a long time friend of the Leather Archives & Museum and received the institution's President's Award in 2007.  His memory will live on through the Boiler Room Gallery and his legacy will be remembered through LA&M records, papers and photographs of which Eric is a part.  More information about Eric's lifetime of gay and leather contributions can be found here.

Jon Krongaard, who serves on the Board of Directors of the LA&M, said "The generosity of The Bear Man and LeatherWerks benefit the museum's long term capital projects and also recognize Eric Lawrence's contributions.  His work in the South Florida gay and leather communities helped make progress and continue to impact us today."

The Boiler Room Gallery at the Leather Archives & Museum currently houses "The Dungeon" exhibit, a display of bondage and S&M equipment and devices both historic and contemporary.

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