It's Time to Leather Up

If you're a cow, just look away now. The leather community of South Florida (yes, there is a leather community down here) is gathering its studded caps and assless chaps for a good cause. For eight years now, the Leather Masked Ball has taken place during November in support of causes that include Tuesday's Angels, an organization that gives financial aid to HIV/AIDS victims in Broward; Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's LGBT community; and Pridelines Youth Service, an organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and empowering South Florida's LGBT and questioning youth in a safe and diverse environment. This year, it is raising money for the Pet Project, an organization that aids pet owners with life-threatening or disabling diseases by providing financial help for the care of their pets. The Leather Masked Ball itself was thought up between two men in the midst of a BDSM fetish frenzy. Just kidding. Probably. But it is the brainchild of Eric Lawrence and his partner, Ira C. Smith, whose goal was bring the leather/fetish community together. The Leather Masked Ball 8 is on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. It's taking place at Bill's Filling Station, located at 2208 Wilton Drive in Fort Lauderdale. General admission costs $35 advance, $40 at the door. Visit leathermaskedball.org.
Sat., Nov. 30, 9 p.m., 2013
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Tana Velen