Friday, June 11, 2004

Minnesota Leather Pride 2004: United In Spirit

(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #236, June 11, 2004)

“United In Spirit” is the motto of the Minnesota Leather Pride 2004 celebration, and the theme of leather/BDSM spirituality is woven through many of this year’s events.

This year Minnesota Leather Pride is spread over ten days, commencing on Friday, June 18 and climaxing on Sunday, June 27, which is also the final day of the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration.

Scheduled to appear at Leather Pride events this year are noted local and national leather/BDSM activist/educators including Cleo Dubois and Fakir Musafar, bullwhip expert Robert Dante, dominatrix Amanda Wildefyre and, from London, International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal.

The many events being presented this year have required months of planning by the Minnesota Leather Pride planning committee. The committee includes members of various local leather/BDSM organizations as well as several independent community members. Official sponsors of this year’s Leather Pride events are Atons of Minneapolis, Knights of Leather, Minnesota Storm Patrol, MSDB, Shannon Blowtorch and Whipsters.

Minnesota Leather Pride is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose aim is primarily to cover the costs of presenting the Leather Pride events. In addition to admission charges at some events, Minnesota Leather Pride is supported by the sale of Leather Pride dog tags. The dog tags, a Minnesota Leather Pride tradition, look great on everybody and are eminently collectible. Besides, they entitle you to discounts on admissions to several of this year’s events and a 10% discount at Dreamhaven Books (904 W. Lake St., Minneapolis) during the month of June. Buy your dog tag at area businesses (see <> for a list of participating sellers), at many Minnesota Leather Pride events, or at the Leather Pride booth in Loring Park during the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration.

Several of this year’s Leather Pride events are included in the 2004 Minnesota Leather Pride Package, which includes the 2004 Minnesota Leather Pride dog tag and admission to three workshops and a ritual.

Priced at $45, the package represents a significant savings over the price of the events purchased individually. Also, space is limited at many of the events included in the package and only package-holders can be guaranteed admission. (The availability of tickets on an individual-event basis will be dependent on space available.) A limited number of packages will be sold. You can download a package order form at <>.

Here’s the schedule of events for Minnesota Leather Pride 2004. Information is subject to change; visit <> for additional information, updates and presenter biographies.

Trampling Demo (Atons Fetish Friday)
Friday, June 18, 10PM-Midnight, Minneapolis Eagle
This is the first official Leather Pride event (and a great place to buy your dog tag). Trampling is literally “walking all over someone”—and in a range of footwear, too. Sharina Nicole and Michael, the presenters, will also present a trampling workshop the following Tuesday (see below). No admission charge.

Saturday, June 19, 8-9PM, Minneapolis Eagle
A large-scale celebration of flogging (and another easy chance to buy your dog tag). No admission charge.

CBT for Daddy’s Day
Sunday, June 20, 2-4PM, Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Learn all about the arts of CBT (cock and ball torture) from local dominatrix and performance artist Amanda Wildefyre. Admission is included in 2004 Leather Pride package or $7 at the door for non-package holders ($5 with dog tag).

Minneapolis Eagle Beer Bash
Sunday, June 20, 4-8PM, Minneapolis Eagle
Dog tags will be available as well as “all-u-can-swallow” beer.

A Smattering of BDSM Smorgasbord
Tuesday, June 22, 6:30-9:30PM, Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis)
An evening of three workshops: Singletail with noted singletail expert Robert Dante; Trampling with Sharina Nicole and Michael; and Punching/Breath Play with Jazz Thomas and International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal. Admission in included in package or $12 at the door for non-package holders if space is available ($10 with dog tag).

Spirituality Roundtable
Wednesday, June 23, 7-10PM, The Townhouse Bar (Blanche’s Cabaret), St. Paul
Join many of this year’s Leather Pride presenters and other community members in a roundtable discussion of the spiritual dimensions of leather/BDSM. Admission: free with dog tag (or purchase your dog tag at this event).

Workshop: The Magic of Temporary Piercing with Cleo Dubois and Fakir Musafar
Thursday, June 24, 6:30PM
An exciting three-hour program on temporary piercing (also called “play piercing” in the BDSM community). Origins, spiritual ramifications and rituals of other cultures involving temporary piercing will be explored, as well as techniques and safety considerations. Admission: included in package or $30 for individual event if space is available ($25 with dog tag). (See for more details.)

Leather Pride Booth in Loring Park
Saturday, June 26 during Festival of Pride hours
Drop by the Leather Pride Committee’s booth at the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration. The booth will be staffed by representatives of area leather/BDSM clubs and organizations. Community information will be available, and you can buy your dog tag if you haven’t already bought one. We’re easy to find—just look for the cage.

Spirit+Flesh: Ecstatic Rites Beyond Play Piercing with Cleo Dubois and Fakir Musafar
Saturday, June 26, 4-11PM for participants and dancers (8-10:30PM for witnesses)
Experience an exotic exploration of rites that move energy. Learn how piercing ceremonies in other cultures have been adapted to the contemporary BDSM world for consciousness shifting, vision questing, healing, and strengthening group connections. Workshop participants will receive preparatory instructions and exercises before being assisted by dancers in creating an intense group body ritual. Non-participants will witness and support the ritual. Witness admission is included in package or $30 for individual event if space is available ($25 with dog tag). See for more details including participant and dancer admission costs.

Pride Parade Leather Contingent
Sunday, June 27, 10:30AM (parade steps off at 11AM), intersection of Hennepin and Washington Aves., Minneapolis
Come show your pride by helping to carry the 75-foot leather community flag in the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade. (Wear sunscreen and comfortable boots.)

Leather Pride in Loring Park
Sunday, June 27 during Festival of Pride hours
(See listing for Saturday, June 26)

In addition to these Minnesota Leather Pride events, leather types will be gathering during Pride Weekend at The Minneapolis Eagle for Scorch Fireball V. The beer tent will be open Friday and Saturday at 7PM ($5 admission). On Sunday the beer tent will open at 6PM ($10 admission) and will feature live music: local favorites All The Pretty Horses will be opening for Lola and the Red Hots. (You might know “Lola” as Tina of Tina and the B-Sides.)

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