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Events at the LA&M and throughout the country


Join us for International Mr. Leather

May 25th - May 29th, 2017, Chicago, IL

International Mr. Leather (IML) is an international conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. IML spans several days, and includes the International Mr. Leather competition, as well as other events, such as speakers, socials, themed dance parties and a large leather vendor market.


Contestant Number Draw and New Ticket Options/Pricing.

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Join us on the road at 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.

MsC 2017 will include a diversity of educational opportunities with Workshops, Intensives, Panels, Roundtables and Service Stations on Master/slave relationships.

MsC is the home of the Northeast Master/slave Contest. Consider competing in 2017. An amazing experience that will give you the opportunity to teach on M/s relationships accross the region and compete to the International Contest.

Join us for Exotic Film Screening with SWOP Chicago

June 11th, 2017 at 2pm in the Etienne Auditorium

Join SWOP Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum and Producer/Director/Editor Amy Oden for a screening of the film "Exotic".

Tickets available at the door:

General admission : $10

Students / 65+ : $5

LA&M / SWOP Chicago members : Free

Dotted with palm trees and coral reefs, Guam is United States territory where military men and Japanese tourists abound. A seemingly perfect backdrop for a strip club, the island should sound ideal to any girl coming from Portland, Atlanta, or Anchorage to work as an exotic dancer. But is it? Exotic foregrounds the stories of workers, as they discuss this fluid and secretive world...

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!

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.

Join us for the Opening of MATERIALKINK

June 30, 2017, 6-8PM in the Guest Artist Gallery

Opening Reception is FREE and open to the public.

The Leather Archives & Museum Guest Artist Gallery Presents MATERIALKINK, a group exhibition of contemporary art examining the intersection between materiality and alternative sexualities.

Curated by Chicago-based artist José Santiago Pérez, MATERIALKINK features artworks that expand the boundaries of erotic art through contemporary explorations of the materialities that accompany and structure the lifeworlds and diverse practices of radical sex. Matter, desire, and power exchange are simultaneously celebrated and examined through this gather of artworks spanning painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, video, textile, and installation. Artists in this exhibition incorporate rope, nylon, wax, rubber, fabric, furniture, and leather in ways that evoke the desiring body and its erotic engagement with the substances of kinky sex.

MATERIALKINK features works by Michael Blake (Brooklyn), Chloe Cooper (Portland, OR), Clarita Lulić (Chile/UK), Luis Mejico (Chicago), James Murray (Chicago), David Nasca (Chicago), Heather Raquel Phillips (Philadelphia), Tamara Santibañez (Brooklyn), Lauren Steinberg (Chicago), Vincent Tiley (Brooklyn), Jade Williams (Chicago), and Derrick Woods-Morrow (Chicago).