NEW YORK, NY May 4, 2009 — The 26th annual Leather Pride Night Auction will take place on Saturday, June 20th, 2009. This year the festivities will be at Splash, 50 West 17th Street. Splash’s doors will open for LPN at 6:00 PM, and the auction will run from 7 PM until 10:00 PM. Liquor, beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided at a cash bar. Light finger food will be served. A sign language interpreter will be present throughout the evening. This year, as every year, there will be a team of bootblacks to keep your boots and shoes looking sharp. All tips go toward the event’s total for the beneficiaries. We encourage everyone to come early to view the items up for auction, get your boots blacked, and be seen!
Jo Arnone, LPN’s veteran auctioneer, will preside over almost a hundred items being auctioned, including leather and latex fetish clothing, unique toys and equipment, art objects, event passes and tickets, and much more.
Leather Pride Night is sponsored by ten NYC S/m-leather- fetish organizations: Gay Male S/M Activists, Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, MAsT Metro NY, MetroBears NY, New York boys of Leather (NYboL), Pariah’s MC, The Eulenspiegel Society and ONYX NY and many committed individuals.
Over the years, Leather Pride Night has donated over $300,000 for local and national charities. This year, Leather Pride Night will donate the 2008 Auction proceeds to: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Carmenâ€™s Place, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, By The Grace of George: The Pitbull Angel Fund and as is customary, an annual donation to Heritage of Pride, the producer of New York’s annual Pride Parade. Tickets for Leather Pride Night are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Paypal payment is available at the LPN website www.leatherpridenight.org. Tickets can also be obtained at any of the sponsoring organizations or the beneficiary organizations, as well as the following supporting commercial venues: The Baroness, David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear, DomSubFriends, Purple Passion / DV8, The Leather Man, Passional, Nasty Pig, Le Chateau Exotique and Come Again.
Leather Pride Night is part of a season of fabulous leather and fetish- oriented events in New York City.
Kicking off the weekend of leather events, on Friday June 20th, Lesbian Sex Mafia will be hosting a talk and demonstration by LPN committee member Lady Sabrina, on Spanking Techniques from Sensual to Discipline and More. Held at the LGBT Center in Manhattan, 208 West 13th Street. For information, call 212 726-3844 or go to: http://www.lesbiansexmafia.org/.
Immediately following Leather Pride Night on Saturday, keep the Leather Pride energy going at the all-gender Eulenspiegel Society (TES) play party, â€œA Midsummer Nightâ€™s LPN After Partyâ€ at Paddles from
10pm to 3am. For more info: www.tes.org.
On Sunday, June 21st, GMSMA presents FOLSOM STREET EAST, an S/m-
leather-fetish block party on West 28th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in front of the Eagle NYC Bar. Over 10,000 leathermen and women cap off Leather Pride Weekend with the largest outdoor festival of its kind on the East Coast. For more info: www.folsomstreeteast.org.
That night, following Folsom Street East, women and trans are invited to LSMâ€™s Leather Pride Women & Trans Play Party. LSMâ€™s annual party is their biggest with folks traveling from all over the country to join in the fun. From 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM. For tickets and location, call 212-726-3844 or write LSMNYC@hotmail. com.
This year, leather pride continues into July with TESFest 09. Held on July 4-6, 2009 in New Jersey. With special events, over 100 classes, a 24-hour dungeon space and vendors, TESFest 09 promises to be the must-attend event of the summer. It also promises outdoor play and nude swimming in the hotel pool. All info can be found at www.tesfest.org.
The Leather Pride Night Committee is dedicated to promoting freedom of sexual self-expression, and actively works to improve the image and understanding of S/m and fetish lifestyles. It meets on the first Thursday of the month (October through June) at 8:00PM at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street.
There is no photography or cellular telephone usage allowed at the event. Media photography inquiries can be directed to Darrell at Darrellblackandblue@yahoo.com
LPN is run by volunteers! If you want to volunteer, send email to LPNnyc@aol.com