All Friends in the Leather & Fetish Community,
Leather Pride Night has brought the New York area BDSM/Leather/Fetish community together for 29 years. Known as LPN, for short, it was a see-and-be-seen event for leatherfolk from across the country. A must-attend for IML and ImsL, LPN’s auction, flea markets, raffles and boot-blacking raised thousands of dollars for NYC-area gay, women, AIDS and youth charities and from time-to time raised money for NSCF, legal and First Amendment movement funds. Hundreds of people volunteered, carried, built, moved and sold hundreds of garments, tickets, furniture and toys. But right now, LPN is at a crossroads. The committee is suffering from a lack of new members. The New York leather scene has changed dramatically in the past three decades, with organizations dwindling or going defunct. Bars and clubs closing and the cost of producing LPN in time, energy and money has skyrocketed, as the actual funds made available for giving has decreased.
So what is the future of Leather Pride Night? Will there be an LPN XXX? What form or forms will it take? Who will volunteer this year? Should it just stop altogether? That’s where you come in.
At 8pm, on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Leather Pride Night committee will be holding an open forum & town hall to take suggestions, hear comments and, potentially, infuse new blood into this community institution.
We want to see & hear from YOU! Be there! Be heard!
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street Room 301
New York, NY 10011