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Don’t miss the Master/slave Conference

August 31st - September 4th, 2017 Baltimore, MD

The Master/slave Conference has been produced by MTTA, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, since its inception in 2004. A Board of Directors, currently integrated by nine members of our Master/slave Community, governs MTTA.

A special presentation of By The People: 25 Years of Community Archiving at the Leather Archives & Museum will be hosted by LA&M Board member Catherine Gross.

"By The People" shows what happens when an otherwise-marginalized & often-silenced sub-community within the larger LGBTQ+ community comes together &, via preservation of their community's names, histories, documents, & artifacts, brings itself an enhanced visibility that, ultimately, fights against sex & sexuality social stigma, celebrates authenticity & consent, & demands that sex & sexuality be treated as valid topics that requires academic study.

Join us on the road at International Leather Sir/boy

September 1st  - 4th, 2017 Dallas, TX

The International LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack family is comprised of thirteen regional contests in North America where a LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and a Community Bootblack are chosen to compete at the international competitions.

You might say we're the "bad boys" of leather contests. One of the defining characteristics from other contests is the up front philosophy that LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack are about sex. Both the contests and titles are about the representation of the sexual side of the Leather community. Our goals include networking and outreach to help educate the community about Leather folk, our erotic expression, traditions and history - and of course, hot leather sex!

Don’t miss Philly Leather Pride Night

September 30th ,2017 Voyeur Nightclub

Join us for Philadelphia Leather Pride Night…. winner of the 2012 Pantheon of Leather Event of the Year and the 2014 large event of the year with the producing of the Philadelphia Leather Leadership Conference. Our evening will once again take place inside Voyeur Nightclub. Returning for her 8th year is our million dollar auctioneer Jo Arnone. With her booming voice we have been able to raise and donate out over $70,000 to our charities.

Join us for an artist talk by artist James Murray

September 9, 2017, 2pm in the Etienne Auditorium

Murray’s practice focuses primarily on queer culture and history through video, music, performance, computer-based generative animations and drawing. These works explore queer semiotics, specifically the evolution of coded languages for communication through visual, physical, digital, and linguistic strategies; ideologies of emancipation in both danced music and queer BDSM culture; theories of queer space, geography, and time; reinterpretations of seminal queer literature in contemporary language and culture; and work focused around the testing of queer bodies through endurance-based performances for video.

James Murray is a visual artist and music producer with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston & Tufts University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores the languages, histories, narratives, archetypes and spaces of queer communities both past and present through materials that include sound, drawing, new media, video, performance and books. James has exhibited and screened nationally and internationally. He is included in both the Kinsey Institute and the Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection and resides in Chicago.

The Leather Archives & Museum Guest Artist Gallery presents this public program as part of MATERIALKINK, on view June 30, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

Suggested donation: $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Join us on the road at GLLA

September 28th - October 1st, 2017

The mission of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance is to build bridges between the Leather, BDSM, D/s, M/s, fetish, and alternative sexual lifestyle communities.

The Great Lakes Leather Alliance hopes to promote education and enhance communication between each of these groups, and to promote the success and welfare of the individuals and organizations within our combined community. We especially want to protect against threats to our freedom of expression.

Don’t miss The Exile Fetish Ball

September 16th, 2017 EXDO Event Center Denver, CO

Exile 6 Fetish Ball provides an annual showcase for local talent to come together and celebrate the kink and fetish lifestyle. It will feature fetish demonstrations, dancing, and other darker artistry including live musicians, DJs, fashion & stylists, visual artists, and vendors.

This is a celebration of the dark, twisted, and eccentric expressions of kink and fetish. Each presenter in this festival has volunteered their time, talents, creativity and energy. Proceeds will benefits Leather, Kink and Sex-Positive charitable organizations.


Join us on the road at Kinky Kollege

October 6th - 8th, 2017

This event will take place at a beautiful hotel & convention center just 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and a short ride from Downtown Chicago.

The Nation’s top Alternative Lifestyle Educators will be at Kinky Kollege offering classes on everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

CineKink Returns to Chicago (More info coming soon)

November 10-11, 2017

Kink and the Community: Friday November 10, 7:00pm

There are many tastes and predilections that make up the world of kink. Here, a sampling of just a few … and the museum that strives to keep track of them all!

The Best of CineKink: Friday November 10, 9pm

A collection of award-winning shorts deemed the year’s best from CineKink, “the kinky film festival!”

Nasty Women: Saturday November 11, 8pm

As we ready ourselves for new political realities, these shorts stake a claim for female agency and the power of speaking one’s desires.

Join us on the road at Mr. New England Leather

November 17th - 19th, 2017

We’re heading back to P-town for Mr. New England Leather 2018. This year we’ll have a special display celebrating the life of Leather Archives & Museum co-founder and International Mr. Leather founder Chuck Renslow.

Don’t miss our Spin the Wheel game where you can win prizes from Full Kit Gear, Recon.com and International Mr. Leather while supporting the preservation of Leather History.