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Fort Lauderdale Celebrates Leather Pride Oct. 10-13

by Denise Royal
Wednesday Oct 9, 2013

The Fourth annual Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride weekend kicks off on October 10. This year's theme is a celebration of the past, present and future. Author Guy Baldwin is this year's guest of honor.

Baldwin has been both participant and observer of the American leather scene since the mid-1960s. An acclaimed speaker, he is perhaps best known for his essays in Drummer magazine, many of which were collected in his 1993 book, "Ties That Bind." His 2002 "SlaveCraft," now in its fourth printing, offers a compelling and controversial look at the inner dynamics of erotic servitude in the Master/slave dynamic.

Weekend run bags are available for $40. Run bags will be filled with discounts with area businesses and will also include a Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride commemorative dog tag as your admission ticket to the Guy Baldwin interview discussion on "History Speaks" from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 12at Bill's Filling Station.

Then at 10 p.m. the mood changes from the past to the future when the after party begins! DJ Herbie James sets the mood for debauchery as he spins some deep sexual sounds and grinding bass.

Other festivities include a dungeon/play party, clothing-optional beach fun, a Sir/Slave auction, cocktail parties, pool parties and much more!

For more information, please visit FTLleatherpride.com/ or visit the Leatherwerks store.

2013 Ft. Lauderdale Leather Pride Weekend Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 10
6:30 p.m. - A Leather Community dinner at The Manor in Wilton Manors. This will be everyone's first opportunity to meet Guy Baldwin and mingle with local and visiting friends. Help us kick off a long and fun-filled weekend celebrating the diversity and kinks in our community.

Friday, Oct. 11
Spend the day frolicking in the sand and cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean while butt naked at Haulover Beach (clothing optional). Bring a leather flag to let others know where the fun can be found. Or you can take a walk down Wilton Drive and enjoy some shopping at one of the many gay or gay-friendly stores and stop in for lunch at The Courtyard Cafe and thank them for being so gracious to our community.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Courtyard Cafe for dinner ($35.00 and includes soft drinks, dinner, dessert, tax and tip - cash bar available with drink specials) - discount for event attendees

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Rumors Bar and Grill on Wilton Drive. dDink specials and dinner discounts for attendees.

9:30 p.m. to Midnight - The Sir/slave Auction at LeatherWerks to benefit The Smart Ride. Guy Baldwin will be available to sign any of his books that you would like to bring in from your personal collection. The backroom dungeon at LeatherWerks will be available before and after the Sir/slave auction on stage.

Midnight - Continue the party at The Ramrod bar just a few blocks away. Plan on getting hot and sweaty while dancing and playing the night away. No cover charge!

Saturday, Oct. 12
Afternoon classes, from flogging to fire play, at LeatherWerks.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Cocktail reception at Bill's in Wilton Manors.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - "History Speaks" with Guy Baldwin at Bill's in Wilton Manors. Guy Baldwin will be interviewed on stage while the interview can be watched live or on one of the many televisions around the bar. Limited floor seating will be available. After the interview, the microphone will be opened up for questions from the audience. This will be a video-taped interview and sent to the Leather Archives and Museum to be shared with others.

10 p.m. - Stay at Bill's and party the night away at their monthly D.I.L.F (Dads I Love to Fuck) party where the Dads, Sirs and Bears come out for a cruise.

11 p.m. to 2 a.m. - Head down to The Ramrod for the annual Kink Party with live demos throughout the bar and meet and greet the judges and contestants for the 2013 Mr. Ramrod contest.

Sunday, Oct. 13
Noon to 5 p.m. - Party at one of the South Florida boys of Leather famous pool parties. Be prepared to get wet! Location TBA.

10 p.m. - Head over for the Mr. Ramrod contest and party with some of the hottest leathermen around.

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