Leather Archives & Museum receives three grants


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The Leather Archives & Museum in Rogers Park has just announced that they've are the recipients of three foundation grants.
If you haven't been to LA&M, you need to stop by, it's way more than you've expected.  I've had the opportunity to visit several times, to see plays, movies and to take in the exhibits.  
Surprisingly, LA&M has a very nice auditorium that supports many different activities and is surrounded with the art of Dom "Etienne" Orejudos.  Huge paintings that once adorned the walls of gay bars in the city have found a home at the LA&M and give you a brief glimpse into queer life in Chicago in the 60's...and that's not all.  There are numerous rooms with displays that include everything from uniforms to erotic art, all for your enjoyment.

Recently the LA&M announced that they have been the recipients of three Foundation Grants that will help them continue with their mission.

- The Leather Archives & Museum received a $2,000 award from the Sharon St. Cyr Fund.  The Fund, founded by International Mr. Leather 2009 Jeffrey Payne and his partner David Roy, ensures that the visibility awarded to Jeffrey as a titleholder will benefit the community long after the title is passed on to another IML.  The fund strives to provide visibility for sexual freedom and sexual equality based organizations.
- The Leather Archives & Museum received a $5,000 award from the Cumulus Fund.  The grant provides funding to bring the collection of Fakir Musafar to the Leather Archives and hold a celebration to recognize this unique addition to the LA&M's vast resources.  Details on the 2011 celebration are coming soon.
- The Leather Archives & Museum received a $4,000 award from the Tides Foundation Kicking Assets Fund.  The Kicking Assets Fund at the Tides Foundation has been making the collections of the LA&M accessible for over 5 years.
Congratulations to the Leather Archives & Museum

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