Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf (BLADeaf), founded in 1986 as the Maryland Lambda Association of the Deaf, is the world’s oldest local deaf leather organization.
It was founded by Elwood C. Bennett, Scott Wilson, and Harry “Abbé” Woosley, Jr.
BLADeaf’s home bar being the Baltimore Eagle means that bar is the world’s first bar to home a deaf leather organization.
BLADeaf created the titles Ms. Baltimore Deaf Leather and Mr. Baltimore Deaf Leather. A notable winner of Mr. Baltimore Deaf Leather was Bob Donaldson, who co-founded International Deaf Leather.
In 1997 BLADeaf cofounder Harry “Abbé” Woosley, Jr. received the Michael Felts Lifetime Achievement Award from International Deaf Leather. In 1998 BLADeaf received the International Deaf Leather Recognition Award from International Deaf Leather.