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New York City’s 45th annual LGBT Pride March, along the painted lavender line, from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue down to Christopher Street, took place on June 29 and marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969, considered the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement in New York.
Our chosen task, as part of the Leather contingent during the march, was to precede the Eagle NYC bar truck and be among the many Leatherman proudly carrying and waving the 20-by-40-foot Leather Pride flag, made in South Africa last year, especially for Philadelphia Leather Pride Night (PLPN), by Mr. South Africa Leather 2013 Johann Jooste, and lent by PLPN Producer Cowboi Jen. Valiantly coordinating this effort was Mr. Eagle NYC 2011 CB Kirby and numbering among those sharing the work of displaying our red, white, black, and blue flag were Messrs. NYC Eagle 2013 Arsenio Amadis and 2014 CeeJay Lyons; Mr. Connecticut Leather 2014 Omar L. Boots; Mr. Fire Island Leather 2004 Jeff Goodman; Mr. North American Bear 2012 Jed Ryan; Montana Vasquez; and Front Runner Miguel Barrios, who ran the Pride Run in Central Park the previous day. Also present were Eagle proprietor Derek Danton; Messrs. Eagle 2007 and 2008 Rick Weber and Peter Schwartz; and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2014 Victor Skolnik.
June was the month of LGBT pride around the world where parades and festivals were held in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, St. Louis, Fresno, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and many more places in North America. The bell of pride's freedom rang across the globe loud and clear, some for the first time. There will be pride celebrations in July in cities such as San Diego and in May in such locales as Long Beach, California.
The concern over where the Leather contingent will appear in a parade if at all, and how watered down it must be to even appear at all, with the same going for presence in pride festivals.
The 2014 Leather Pride Contingent is now history! Everyone did a wonderful job on Sunday, June 29, and also made the Leather Community look really great and here's why - the Leather Contingent won one of the top awards given out by San Francisco Pride at the end of the parade, the 2014 Outrageous Award.
This is the first time that the Leather Contingent has won this award. A photo of the award is posted on the Leather Contingent's web site, http://www.sfleather.org
There were titleholders and clubs from all over California. San Francisco was able to boast its currents, Ms San Francisco Leather 2014 Val, Mr. San
For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself, your Leather titles and how you are connected to the community.
Hey there, my name is Joey McDonald. I’m 57 years old and a native Chicagoan, but have also lived in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia and Key West, Florida. I am a US Navy Veteran who served as an openly gay sailor (long, long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). I was lucky enough traveled around the world by the time I was honorably discharged, having visited 32 countries. In the mid-80s, I owned a catering and event planning business. I am a trained master weaver, and spent 15 years in