LA&M News

Impact Newsletter







2017 and earlier

2017: Issue 2
2017: Issue 1
2015: Issue 2
2015: Issue 1
2012: Issue 2
2012: Issue 1

Press Releases


Leather Legacies: Heather Raquel Phillips on Margin/Margin: Bringing Visibility to People of Color in the Leather Community
Help Preserve our History at Leather Archives & Museum
Leather Legacies: David K Johnson on Physique Magazines and the Creation of Community and Change
Leather Legacies: Mistress Mia Action on Building Connection between the BDSM Community & Sex Workers
Leather Archives & Museum announces 2020 Visiting Scholar,  Michael Thomas Vassallo

Leather Legacies: Race Bannon on Mentoring
Leather Archives & Museum Announces the 2020 Visiting Scholars Program
Upcoming Events at the Leather Archives & Museum


2019 Visiting Scholar, Heather Raquel Phillips
LA&M Announces New Exhibition, Andrew Bearnot: Fruiting Bodies
2019 Visiting Scholars Announcement


Wasdin approved by full board as the next Executive Director of the LA&M
Executive Director finalist goes to LA&M Board for approval
LA&M Announces Opportunities to Meet Executive Director Finalists
Leather Archives and Museum Executive Director finalists announced
LA&M Board adopts new Mission Statement designed to set the focus and priorities of the institution
Executive Director Search Committee Updates LA&M Board on Progress
Executive Director Search Committee Updates LA&M Membership on Progress
Bob Behr assumes the helm of LA&M Board of Directors
International Mr. Leather was a record breaking year for the LA&M
CLAW donates record ammount to the Leather Archives & Museum
The LA&M Announces the Opening of MATERIALKINK, A Contemporary Art Exhibition
The passing of LA&M Founder Chuck Renslow
LA&M has named Christina Court as Interim Executive Director
Centaur MC donates $40,000 to the LA&M
Executive Director Rick Storer will resign to pursue new opportunities


Kirin Wachter-Grene announced at 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar
By The People Wins Cinekink 2017 Best Documentary Short Award
LA&M Author’s Table during International Mr. Leather 2017
The LA&M publishes Anniversary Catalog to celebrate 25 Years of Leather History
The LA&M Announces 2017 - 2018 Visiting Scholar Program The LA&M welcomes Mel Leverich as its new Archivist and Collections Librarian
The LA&M names Chuck Renslow as Chairman of the Board
The LA&M welcomes slave Angie to the Women's Leather History Program
Chicago City Council Resolution Acknowledges LA&M 25th Anniversary
The LA&M announces new exhibit "Part of the Party : The Visual Story of the Onyx Brotherhood and Walter Houston III"
International Mr. Leather Weekend raises $72,000 for the LA&M


The Leather Archives & Museum names Scott Herring, Dr. Francisco Ibáñez, PhD and Dr. Eric Meiners, PhD as its 2016-2017 Visiting Scholars
CLAW donates $17,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum
Leather Archives & Museum Sailor Sid Digital Collection Live!
Centaur MC donates $20,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum
Boiler Room Gallery Adopted in Memory of Eric Lawrence
LA&M Author’s Table during International Mr. Leather 2016
Press release: The LA&M receives The Society of Janus Records and Collection
Leather Archives & Museum 2015 Annual Report to Members
 Leather Archives & Museum Announces 2016 - 2017 Visiting Scholar Program
LA&M Announces Anniversary Fund and 100% Match to Celebrate 25 Years of Leather History
LA&M Publishes 2016 Operating Budget For the Fiscal Year Ending Dec 31, 2016
LA&M, NCSF and Leslie Anderson host Sexual Freedom Reception and Gallery Opening during Creating Change 2016
LA&M Receives The Bound & Gagged and NY Bondage Club Collections
LA&M seeks collections for LGBT Leather Persons of Color in Cook County Project
LA&M Announces Documentary Film to Celebrate 25 Years of Leather History
The Leather Archives & Museum receives a $17,500 capacity building IMPACT grant
Celebrate 25 Years of Leather History with the LA&M September 16th - 18th 2016


LA&M announces High Shine Leatherfest as a part of Chicago Artists Month - November 14th 2015
CLAW donates $20,000.00 to the LA&M
Leather Archives & Museum prepares to celebrate 25 years of Leather History!
The LA&M names Anna Robinson as its 2015-2016 Visiting Scholar
International Mr. Leather Weekend raises $87,000 for the Leather Archives & Museum
LA&M Launches Sailor Sid Diller Digitization Project and Crowdfunding Campaign
LA&M opens Morris Taylor's "Colorful Shades of BDSM & M/s" May 21 2015
The LA&M announces partnership with StoryCorps
The LA&M announces 2015-2016 Visiting Scholar Award Program
The LA&M welcomes Christina Court and Bob Miller to its Board of Directors
Leather Archives & Museum Publishes 2015 Operating Budget
CLAW donates $17,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum The Leather Archives & Museum Statement on the Leather History Timeline


The LA&M Recognizes Centaur MC with 2014 President's Award


LA&M in the News


June 24, 2020 Chicago’s Gay Grandaddy of Tattooing: Chicago Reader by Micco Caporale
Feb 18, 2020 Drawn Together: Chicago Reader By Tony Peregrin
Feb 13, 2020 Museum works to smash stigma against BDSM, kink culture: Columbia Chronicle by By Zachary Clingenpeel
Jan 31, 2020 Focus On: Leather Archives & Museum a Place for Education, Community and Celebration: Third Coast Review by Marielle Bokor


May 7, 2019 Intimate Justice: Andrew Bearnot: Sixty Inches From Center by S. Nicole Lane Sixty Inches From Center by S. Nicole Lane