Leather Pride Night was established in 1982 to raise funds at an annual auction in New York City to benefit Heritage of Pride, the producers of the annual Gay Pride Parade. In addition to HOP, LPN donates funds to organizations which create, promote, and support projects that benefit the s/m-leather-fetish community or further the rights of adults to any private sexual expression that is safe, sane and consensual.
This year, MCs Susan Wright, writer and activist, and Leatherman of Color 2007 "Doc" Hoskins will keep the evening moving, directing attendees to the varying activities and announcing the opening and closing of the auction times.
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, Broadway theater tickets, and much more.
This year the festivities will be at Splash!, 50 W. 17th Street. Doors will open for LPN at 6:00 PM, and the auction will run from 7 PM until 10:00 PM. Liquor, beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided at a cash bar. Light finger food will be served. A sign language interpreter will be present throughout the evening. This year, as every year, there will be a team of bootblacks to keep your boots and shoes looking sharp. All tips go toward the event's total for the beneficiaries.
Leather Pride Night is sponsored by ten NYC S/m-leather- fetish organizations: Gay Male S/M Activists, Imperial Court of NY, Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, MAsT Metro NY, MetroBears NY, New York boys of Leather (NYboL), Pariah MC, The Eulenspiegel Society and ONYX NY and many committed individuals.
Over the years, Leather Pride Night has donated over $300,000 for local and national charities. This year, Leather Pride Night will donate the 2008 Auction proceeds to: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Scarleteen, Sylvia's Place, Youth Enrichment Services, Leather Archives & Museum and as is customary, an annual donation to Heritage of Pride, the producer of New York's annual Pride Parade.
Tickets for Leather Pride Night are $15 in advance, and $20 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: The Baroness, David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear, Purple Passion / DV8, Paddles, The Leather Man, Passional, Rubio Leather, Nasty Pig, Le Chateau Exotique and Come Again.
Event submitted by Eventful.com on behalf of cinekink.
Official Website: http://leatherpridenight.org
Added by lisavnyc on June 13, 2008