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Leather Archives is open

After three months, the LA&M has re-opened to visitors. "We anticipate welcoming you back on July 1. However, please check with us as these things change daily. We've made good use of this time. Keeping our history dry is important, and the building now has a brand new roof. We have also made some interior repairs to get the building into better condition." said Gary Wasdin. The Leather Archives has several new exhibits in the galleries that will make their debut when we open again, including: a new run and club pin display in the Uniforms' Room, a pony play exhibit in the main gallery, a Tom of Finland 100th Birthday exhibit in the Teri Rose Library Lens, an exhibit of Leather and kink photography featuring the work of Jim Wigler along with contemporary photographers reflecting the broad diversity of Leather, plus new pieces form the collections, many never seen before.

https://leatherarchives.org/museum/plan-your-visit

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court rules - Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBTQ

Photos by ABC News and Free Press Journal

Everyone already knows, but we just have to celebrate here, nonetheless. On June 15, the US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This decision confirms workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country. In the opinion, Justice Gorsuch wrote that when an employer fires an individual for being LGBT “fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids. … the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands. When the express terms of a statute give us one answer and extratextual considerations suggest another, it’s no contest. Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

 

 

Inside Leather History - Fireside Chats

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat conducted an amazing series of Chats in 2019. Chat producer and host Douglas OKeeffe visited London in July 2019 for a thorough interview with Roland Jaggard, the last surviving litigant to Operation Spanner. The six-part Spanner interview, and a series of ancillary interviews about the controversial British legal case, are available for viewing on the Fireside Chats YouTube channel. Then the Chats teamed with Australian not for profit KNOTbound Ltd, for an ambitious 12 Fireside Chats in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia over 14 days in fall 2019. All interviews are available for viewing on the Fireside Chats YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjxC8KIsoDGfm21oGG8CeQ

 

 

Oedipus MC Monthly Ride - Solvang Sausagefest

By Eric Gilfand

The Oedipus MC Monthly Ride will go to Solvang for Sausagefest on Sunday, May 31 at 10 AM – 2 PM. Oedipus has a long and proud tradition of encouraging guests to join them on their rides. Oedipus MC doesn’t want to decline any rider who chooses to attend, but they have certain minimum expectations that the club insists on – basically, a fully legal rider on a road-ready bike. Meet at Starbucks with a full tank of gas around 9:30 AM and ready to go, 561 New Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021.

https://www.facebook.com/events/274922623542982/