LETTER FROM THE CHAIR: LA LEATHER PRIDE
The Los Angeles Leather Coalition and its LALP Planning Committee are excited to share with you a unique celebration of culture and identity. This year’s theme is “We Are All LA Leather”, a message that truly encompasses our dynamic city and the spectrum of individuals which makes leather and fetish thrive.
WE ARE. At this moment in our collective history, we are experiencing a backlash to the more recent advancements made in LGBTQ rights. Our transgender siblings, especially those of color, are at constant risk of being harmed. We must continue to fight over who we wish to marry and our rights to medical care. In the face of this, we stand proud to proclaim and celebrate our freedom as sexual outlaws.
ALL. Possibly the biggest small word in the English language. This, to me, is the most pivotal word in our theme because it most directly reflects our desire to include everyone – all races, backgrounds, genders, sizes, ages, orientations. Any community is a living organism, and can not survive without evolving. We need the constant nourishment of new people and ideas, as well as the care and mentorship experience provides.
L.A. Los Angeles, home to arguably the largest leather community in the world, in both population and geography. But at times, it can feel so small, thanks to the strong connections between all of the clubs, bars, and businesses that support us. We are thrilled to showcase several of them this week as venues, event hosts, and volunteers. The level of generosity and cooperation we show in L.A. is what attracts visitors from across the country and around the world.
LEATHER. As a noun, just that stuff we wear to feel and be sexy. As an adjective, it describes someone who truly upholds the values of Trust, Honor, Respect. Who recognizes the importance of communication and consent. Who holds space for others to experience and explore who they are, what they’re into, and how they love.
Of course, it takes several dedicated and talented volunteers, firing on all cylinders, to bring together a community-wide celebration of this size. I have been constantly inspired by the passion that the members of the Planning Committee have brought to bear, often willing to take initiative and stretch beyond their given roles. Thank you to the Event Host organizations which took on much of the detail work for several key events. Many thanks to all of our sponsors, new and returning, whose generosity makes all of this possible every year. And my deepest appreciation for the individuals who have stepped up to take on the thankless volunteer jobs at each event. Nothing happens without you. This year, due to your contributions, we are able to make a significant donation to our charity partner, Being Alive.
So get ready for 10 days of steamy leather fun! There is plenty to enjoy for everyone – please visit our website, http://188.8.131.52, and download our LA Leather Pride app to stay up to the moment on all the happenings. Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!
Yours in leather,
Chair, Los Angeles Leather Coalition
Executive Producer, Los Angeles Leather Pride 2018
Sun 3/18/18 LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick-off by Onyx, Eagle 562, 3pm-7pm
We Are ALL LA Leather – Come join us as we gather the tribe to kick-off Los Angeles Leather Pride 2018! Gear up for a week’s worth of sexy fun as we welcome the full LA Leather titleholder class of 2018. Cheer them on as they choose their contestant order for the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest. Sponsored by Onyx Southwest, featuring a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC.
Mon 3/19/18 LA LA Leather Opus 2, by Bears LA, MCC in Valley, 7pm-10pm
The LA LA Leather concert returns, in the Classic Meets Fetish tradition of Folsom Berlin, with an emphasis on classic and original music that has been used in film, television or other media. As always, musicians and attendees will be wearing fetish/leather gear. Michael Crane, Music Director. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law.
Tue 3/20/18 D.I.V.E.R.City LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather, Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, West Hollywood, 6:30pm-9pm
LA Leather Pride sponsors an interactive discussion, to include exercises and breakout sessions. Attendees will hear testimonials from a diverse group of voices telling their experiences of discrimination, both intentional and unintentional. Moderators will engage audience and encourage active dialogue. Listen and be heard!
Thu 3/22/18 Mr. LA Leather Meet & Greet and Roast of Jeff Wilcox, Precinct, 7pm-11pm
Greet the meat! Come out to mingle with the 11 (!) gentlemen who will be onstage for Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018, plus the judges, contest crew, and behind-the-scenes folks who make it all happen. It’s all going on during Precinct DTLA’s regular Thursday underwear party, Cheap & Easy, so you know it’s going to be a riot!
Gold lame’?? Send off LA’s favorite leather muscle man in style – and get all the dirt on his year as Mr. LA Leather 2017. Produced with love by his brothers in the LABB.
Fri 3/23/18 The Assembly, Rough Trade Gear, 7:30pm-10:30pm
The California B&B Corps, BLUF, and The Regiment of the Black and Tans present the Southland’s hottest uniform dress code event! Note: Strict Dress Code applies to this event
DenLA Presents: LA Leather Pride, Official Dance & Play Party of LA Leather, Sanctuary LAX, 9pm-3am
The official play party of LALP 2018. OPEN BAR, Free gear check, Gogo men, Live Dj, lights, sound, Slings, Dungeon bed, Play spaces throughout, and the friendliest guys around.
Stud Los Angeles, Faultline Bar, 9pm-2am
Mr. Drummer ’79 presents: Stud Los Angeles
A tribute to one of LA’s longest running leather bars. From 1974-1988 the Stud inhabited what is now the Faultline. For one night only we are bringing back the old school cruise bar.
Pre Op Trans con Pepito PCP (LA)
Matthew Paul (SF//Mr. Drummer ’79)
Leather dress code encouraged
Leather Dog Pound, Bullet Bar, 9pm-2am
Four years ago, we decided that some pups needed a place to go on LA Leather Weekend, and so Leather Dog Pound is back this year again as a part of the celebration! One night before we meet the new Mr. Los Angeles Leather, we get to romp around and celebrate one of the most clear cut origins of our human pup tribe, and what better way than to meet up at the Bullet in our leathers, have a couple beers, bring our handlers with some treats, floggers, and show our pride in all our pack family. Go go Pups, DJ, two pup crates, St. Andrew’s Cross and more! Please contact Pup Ashtray Kain to volunteer, or if you are financially burdened. Pup Ashtray would like to include as many pups as possible. Thank you!
REFLEX After Hours, Los Globos Theatre, 2am-6:30am
AfterHours with Audio4play
Dj/Producer HECTOR FONSECA
AN Official LA Leather Pride Event
Downstairs MAIN ROOM
FUNKtion ONE Sound
Sat 3/24/18 Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 Contest, Globe Theatre, 6pm-10pm
We are ALL LA Leather! Come out and celebrate being a part of this beautifully imperfect tribe. Cheer on the LA Leather Titleholder Class of 2018 as they expose themselves (figuratively and actually) on stage for you.
LEGION Meets Megawoof: Official Mr. LA Leather Dance Party, Globe Theatre, 10pm-4am
Justin David unites LEGION & MEGAWOOF
for the Official Saturday Night Dance with Superstar DJ TOM STEPHAN + DJ Glovibes
Event starts immediately after the 2018 LA Mr. Leather Contest
Tickets go on Sale Soon
Sun 3/25/18 LABB Titleholder Victory Brunch, Hunter & Charlie’s (formerly Farmboy Kitchen), 11am-1pm
Join the Los Angeles Band of Brothers (LABB), as we celebrate the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 winner and all of the titleholders who competed in the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 Contest!
10% off for everyone who attends the brunch!
Off Sunset Street Festival, Santa Monica Blvd from Hoover to Sunset, 11am-7pm
Off Sunset Festival, LA’s Perverted Little Street Fair is back for it’s 6th year!
Off Sunset Festival, the Los Angeles Leather and Fetish Street fair closes out a week of events for Los Angeles Leather Pride!
This event is for guests 21 and over only.
Sunday March 25th 12pm-7pm
Keep an eye for this year’s music line up to be announced soon.
~ Live Bands & DJs
~ Gourmet food trucks
~ Ice-cold beer and specialty drinks
~ Artisan jewelry, fine art and furniture vendors
~ Lots of Leather & fetish gear
~ and YES, a clothing check so you can wear your fetish gear