APRIL 2019

Making leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement
New Archives Assistant

The LA&M welcomes Lorca Jolene to the staff as a part-time assistant archivist. Lorca earned their Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and spends their days as an archivist and their evenings as a circus artist.

Lorca wrote their thesis on asexual BDSM practitioners in Chicago, which was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Their work at LA&M is focused on the CHC archival collections.

Welcome Lorca!
Leather Pride Flag draft watercolor. Anthony F. DeBlase Collection. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, IL.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Leather Pride flag. Designed by LA&M co-founder Tony DeBlase, the flag made its debut at the 1989 International Mr. Leather competition. The flag appeared in its first pride parade in Portland, OR the following month, at the request of 1989 IMsL Susie Shepherd. 

Initial reaction to the Leather Pride flag was mixed. Some reacted positively to the concept, but were concerned that DeBlase had not involved the community in helping to create the design. "[DeBlase] did not want to have a design competition, in which each and every losing entrant and all of his/her friends, would oppose the winning entry. Nor did [DeBlase] want to have a design committee. Just selecting the members of such a committee was an invitation to the guillotine."

DeBlase left the interpretation of the flag up to its viewers, describing it only as "nine horizontal stripes of equal width. From the top and from the bottom, the stripes alternate black and royal blue. The central stripe is white. In the upper left quadrant of the flag is a large red heart."

New Board Member, Billy Lane

LA&M's newest board member was Seattle Mr. Leather 1998 and went on to compete at IML XX as the first out FTM contestant, placing in the top ten.

Billy worked behind the scenes at Mr. SF Leather, Drummer, Ms SF Leather, IMsL, and other community events while attending as many BDSM parties as he could find. He works for inclusion of gay FTM leathermen in gay male BDSM spaces, clubs, and contests. 

Billy is currently IML Judges’ Coordinator, a very active Chairman Emeritus of Delta Brotherhood International, and a member of the 15 Association. He is passionate about preserving our leather history especially the personal stories of our large and diverse tribe. 

Billy lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania with his husband, John. When he’s not playing, he enjoys traveling, trail running, snowboarding, hiking, and bicycling.
After-Hours at the LA&M

Join us on Friday, September 5th from 7-9pm for an after-hours reception. Spend some time exploring the LA&M’s exhibitions, including our current show in the Guest Artist Gallery – John Palatinus and the Mid-Century Male. A tour of the Archives will be given at 8 PM.

Admission to the event is FREE for all LA&M members and $10 for others. All attendees must be 21 or over. Beer, wine, sodas and light refreshments will be served.
Look for the LA&M on the road at these upcoming events, and check out our new travelling exhibit funded through a generous grant from CLAW.
  • International Leather Sir/boy, International Community Bootblack
    August 29 - September 1, Dallas, TX
  • Master/slave Conference
    August 30 - September 2, Falls Church, VA
  • Iowa Leather Weekend
    October 4-6, Des Moines, IA
  • Palm Springs Pride
    November 1-3, Palm Springs, CA
  • Tri-State Leather
    November 15-17, Cincinnati, OH
LA&M Gift Shop

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