Leather Archives & Museum
Leather Archives & Museum Press Release
International Mr. Leather Weekend raises $60,000 for the Leather Archives & Museum  

June 19, 2012 


Chicago, IL -  The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that during the International Mr. Leather weekend the Leather Archives & Museum raised $60,000 toward the 2012 operating budget.  In addition to donations from visitors to the IML Leather Market, funds were raised at a silent auction, and a roast of the outgoing International Mr. Leather Eric Gutierrez and International Mr. Bootblack Jim Deuder.


Executive Director Rick Storer said "International Mr. Leather is an important fundraising vehicle for the museum, with a total budget of $220,000 about 25% of our support comes from this weekend. The success of IML 2012 combined with the ongoing support of our membership will enable new exhibits and additional focus on our digitization efforts."  In addition to fundraising events, approximately 350 people toured the museum during the weekend.  

Visitors to the Leather Archives during IML 2012. Photo credit Steve Lenius
About Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to leather and alternative sexual communities. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.  For more information about the LA&M, please visit http://www.leatherarchives.org.
Leather Archives & Museum
Rick Storer
Executive Director