As Capital Pride weekend in 2014 was approaching, a group of leather folks recognized that the presence of the Leather community would be lacking, with the DC Eagle having moved out of their 639 New York Ave. building and doing limited events at its temporary pop-up location.
From that time, the vision for a non-profit organization building the leather community in the DC area was created. In 2015, the organization was incorporated with founding members Miguel Ayala, Kyle Collins, Nigel Williams, Kevin Jordan, Eddie Valentine, Evan Ribiero and Ramien Pierre. The organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, creating by-laws, and elected a board.
DC Leather Pride works to support and promote the Leather community of the DC Metropolitan Area. This will be accomplished through organizing and promoting regular social events for the Leather Community and its allies, and donating the profits of such events back into the Leather and LGBT Communities. DC Leather Pride strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for the Leather Community and its Allies, to promote and preserve the values, interests, history and culture of that community.
DC Leather Pride is a personally and sexually affirming organization. We do not discriminate based upon actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, disability, religion or affiliation.
DC Leather Pride has sponsored several titleholders competing in International Mr. Leather.
The current board members include:
Miguel Ayala – Co-Chair
Kyle Collins – Co-Chair
Khalid El Bey – Secretary
Dan Ronneberg – Treasurer
David Tigger Bailey
Daniel T. Ferguson