The first post-pandemic Leather History Preservation Weekend was held put together in less than 6 months! After a successful SouthEast LeatherFest, the LHPF Board felt we could minimize the risk of COVID to our historians and attendees, and hold the event safely. We were blessed with a wonderful keynoe speaker, and a panel of historians representing the diversity and intersectionality of the many voices in our Leather community. We were honored to have Lady D Harrison, as our keynote historian. Efrain John Gonzalez, Andy Close, Daddy Rod Onyx, Tracey Black were able to attend and share their amazing stories with us. Ms. Liza and Jody, International Master/slave 2011 had to cancel at the last minute because of a family emergency. However, they have confirmed to be with us in 2023! Bill Goad, a remarkable long time Leatherman, and Little Stevie, an amazing human being and Leather little stepped up to the plate and filled those gaps with grace and humor.
And, in what is an amazing stroke of luck, or strict enforcement of our COVID-19 "No Vaccination, No Entry, No Exceptions" policy for attendees (or, maybe some of both!), LHPW 2022 had no cases of COVID reported by anyone after attending the event.
Attendance for LHPW 2020 was good. The Crowne Plaza changed ownership, and became the Sonesta Atlanta Airport North. Many of the staff people were the same, though, and they worked with us to provide a great experience, and they were very happy with the results. With inflation we had to pay a little more for the event space, but we were grateful to still be welcome after having to cancel two years running. And the Sonesta tentatively renewed our contract for 2023 before the 2022 event was even over! We made it official, though, so mark the dates, November 3 - 5, 2023!
The close and private event space encouraged everyone to spend time with our speakers and one another, to really connect and relate on a personal level. We had cocktails, and lots of socialization for networking. Vendors were there for our kinky gear and leather and apparel needs, and I hope that everyone had a great time!
We are incredibly grateful to our 2022 SPONSORS and Advertisers!
LHPW would not happen without their generous support!
SELF Family In The House!
1st Row, l to r: tidbit - SELF BB2018, Miss Bettie - MS SELF 2008, Andy - SELF boy 2012 & SE BB 2008
2nd Row: boy Dave - SE Leatherboy 2004 & SELF BB 2011, slave neill & Master Varii - SE Master/slave 2022, MaxInLeather - Mr SELF 2022, Timothy Lee - Mr SELF 2015 & 2016, Country - Long time SELF crew and family.
The Leather Quilt, 2022
We got the WHOLE QUILT!
OUR 2022 HOST HOTEL
The photo might look familiar. Though the brand changed, LHPW 2022 returned to the building (and most of the staff) that we used for the 2019 event. The venue and staff worked with us over the pandemic and we are very grateful they were there for us! They worked hard to bring you a great event in a great facility. We had all the space we needed for our histories, cocktails, vending, socializing and round table. And the dinner Saturday was thoughtfully done and tasty. And once again, we had a contract for 2023 before the 2022 event was finished!
The Leather History Preservation Weekend Crew
Leather History Preservation Weekend could not happen without a lot of on site work! From load-in and setup starting on Thursday evening, to load-out on Sunday afternoon, we need many hands to get things done. Event security, setup and take down crew, history session monitors, hospitality helpers and more! Everyone chips in to make this event happen. The Board might do the pre-event planning and logistics, but without our dedicated on site staff and crew, LHPW just would not happen at all.
The Board salutes them and sends out a huge
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