NEW YORK, NY May 10, 2012 — The 29th annual Leather Pride Night Auction will take place on Saturday, June 16th, 2012. This year the festivities will be at XL Nightclub located at 512 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. XL’s doors will open for LPN at 6:00 PM, and the auction will run from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Liquor, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available at a cash bar. A sign language interpreter will be present to interpret some portions of the presentations. This year, as every year, there will be a team of bootblacks, led by International Mr. Bootblack Jim Deuder, to keep your leathers, boots and shoes looking sharp. The bootblacks’ tips go toward the event’s total for the beneficiaries. We encourage everyone to come early to view the items up for auction, get your boots blacked, and be seen!
Jo Arnone, LPN’s veteran auctioneer, will preside over almost a hundred items being auctioned, including leather and latex fetish clothing, unique toys and equipment, art objects, event passes and tickets, and much more.
Leather Pride Night is sponsored by nine NYC S/m-leather- fetish organizations: Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, MAsT Metro NY, MetroBears NY, New York boys of Leather (NYboL), Pariah’s MC, The Eulenspiegel Society, ONYX NY/NE, The Imperial Court of New York and many committed individuals.
Over the years, Leather Pride Night has donated over $400,000 for local and national charities. This year, Leather Pride Night will donate the 2012 Auction proceeds to: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), IRIS House, Health Outreach to Teens (H.O.T.T.) at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and, as has been our tradition, an annual donation to Heritage of Pride, the producer of New York’s annual Pride Parade.
Tickets for Leather Pride Night $20 in advance and $25 at the door . PayPal payment is available at the LPN website www.leatherpridenight.org. Tickets can also be obtained at any of the sponsoring organizations or the beneficiary organizations, as well as the following supporting commercial venues: David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear, DomSubFriends / Paddles, Purple Passion / DV8, The Leather Man, Passionale and Le Chateau Exotique.
Leather Pride Night is part of a season of fabulous leather and fetish- oriented events in New York City!
Kicking off the weekend of leather events, on Friday, June 15th, Lesbian Sex Mafia will be hosting “BDSM and Anal” with Tristan Taormino at the LGBT Center in Manhattan, 208 West 13th Street. For information, call 212 726-3844 or go to: www.lesbiansexmafia.org.
On Friday, June 15th, MetroBears NY gets Leather Weekend started with a Leather Party at Rockbar NYC from 9PM until closing, hosted by George Haines, Mr. MetroBear NY 2009 and Mike Cotter, Mr. MetroBear NY 2004-2005. Rock Bar is located at 185 Christopher Street, at the end of Christopher Street.
New York’s Chapter of ONYX, ONYX Northeast, a leather club serving men of color, starts the weekend off at Rawhide located at 212 8th Avenue, also on Friday. The event, open to all, is a leather gear night at the bar from 9 PM until 1AM.
If you still haven’t had enough, keep the Leather Pride energy going at the all-gender Eulenspiegel Society (TES) play party, The TES LPN After-Party at Paddles! TES’ Leather Pride Night After Party is THE place to go to try out that new toy you picked up at LPN…or that new play partner. The revelry begins at 10 PM on Saturday and continue until 3 am Sunday morning at Paddles. For more info: www.tes.org
On Sunday, June 17th Folsom Street East presents FOLSOM STREET EAST, an S/m-leather-fetish block party on West 28th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in front of the Eagle NYC Bar. Over 10,000 leathermen and women cap off Leather Pride Weekend with the largest outdoor festival of its kind on the East Coast. For more info: www.folsomstreeteast.org.
This year, leather pride continues into July with the TES Fest 2012. Held from June 29 until July 1, 2012 in New Jersey. With special events, countless workshops and classes, a 24-hour dungeon space and vendors, TESFest 2012 promises to be the must-attend event of the summer. It also promises outdoor play and nude swimming in the hotel pool. All info can be found at www.tesfest.org.
The Leather Pride Night Committee is dedicated to promoting freedom of sexual self-expression, and actively works to improve the image and understanding of S/m and fetish lifestyles. It meets on the first Thursday of the month (October through June) at 8:00PM at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street (bet 6th & 7th Aves).
There is no photography or cellular telephone usage allowed at the event. Media photography inquiries can be directed to Darrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917 783 0127.
LPN is run by volunteers! If you want to volunteer, send email to LPNnyc@aol.com.