The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that CLAW Corporation donated $12,000 to the LA&M following the CLAW 2014 event. The CLAW Nation Silent Auction at International Mr. Leather 2014 raised an additional $5,000 for the LA&M .
Since its inception in 2002, CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has donated nearly $100,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum and has raised over $500,000 in charitable funds nationwide.
This year, the Leather Archives mounted a new exhibit at CLAW: "To Know What Is Enough" a historical exhibition from the Chicago Hellfire Club collection. Exhibit curator Jakob VanLammeren said "Providing access to the collections at the Leather Archives is a critical part of our mission, and we are so excited to present excerpts from the Chicago Hellfire Club Collection at the LA&M to provide CLAW attendees the chance to experience the amazing 43 year history of the CHC. Most of the materials in this exhibit were on public display for the first time, and the LA&M looks forward sharing this exhibit in the future."
Black BEAT will be held in Baltimore, Maryland the weekend of August 14-17 and will feature keynote speaker Lady D, educational classes and workshops, demos, play parties and socials.
The Black BEAT keynote speaker, Lady D, is a Lifestyle Domina and the owner of D&S Lifestyle Enterprises Inc. She is also a Certified Master Hypnotherapist and she truly believes in holistic healing of mind, body and spirit. As a sex consultant, she counsels and helps those in complimentary lifestyles accept who they truly are. For almost thirteen years she ran People Exchanging Power, (PEP: Atlanta), a BDSM, pansexual support group in Atlanta, Georgia.
American Book Fest announced that HEARTBEAT: Musings on Leather and Leadership by Thomas Smith (Alternate Publishing) has been honored as a finalist in THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) in the category of Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction on May 21, 2014. Thomas Smith said, "This is great national recognition and I am beyond thrilled!" Heartbeat: Musings on Leather and Leadership is recognized in the category of Gay and Lesbian: Non-Fiction. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, says of the awards, “The 2014 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world."
HEARTBEAT: Musings on Leather and Leadership is a collection of provocative essays. The book is based on the author’s experience spanning over thirty plus years as a community leader. This book takes a look into the leather tribe, traditions, history and leadership. Inside perspective and practical tips are delivered and are meaningful to those interested in being better leaders.
The Leather Leadership Conference and Philadelphia Leather Pride announced this year's Keynote speaker as Jaco Lourens and Endnote speaker as Jo Arnone.
Keynote Speaker Jaco Lourens
Living through Apartheid as an openly gay man Jaco Lourens took Cape Town by storm. In 2009, he won the title of Mr. South Africa Leather and went on to take fourth place at International Mr. Leather in 2010. Jaco runs the Cape Town Chapter of South Africa Leather and along with his legal husband, Herman, has cofounded the Golden Gays Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that cares for aged gay men and women in their community.
Jaco strives to bring diversity to their Leather community and has hosting such events as the Corbin Street Fair, a pansexual street fair similar to Folsom Street Fair. He also moved the Mr South Africa Leather contest to a venue that allows women to attend. He plans on introducing a Ms South Africa leather title to their 2014 contest weekend.