The Philadelphia Leather Alliance is establishing their roots in the city of brotherly love. During a special ceremony in the Carter-Johnson Leather Library, Rick Storer, Executive Director of the Leather Archives and Museum, bestowed the first patches to the founding members of the club.

Roughly one year ago, two people brought together a gathering of like-minded individuals to brainstorm ideas about what Philadelphia might need in a BDSM or Leather group. Out of that meeting, a steering committee of seven was chosen by their peers to forge those ideas into something tangible. Ten months later, the evolution of those ideas has finally come to fruition as the Philadelphia Leather Alliance (PLA).

PLA is a cross-cultural leather fellowship whose purpose is to foster friendship, build leadership and to provide opportunities for education and community service. Membership transcends sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and disability. They welcome those who feel they have a place in the Leather, Levi, S/m, Fetish and Kink Communities.

PLA has two levels of membership – full members and associate members. Full members must complete a pledge period of at least four months, which includes fulfilling community service hours. Full members can hold office, vote and wear the full size club patch. Associate memberships are available for those who cannot dedicate the time necessary for full members but wish to support PLA’s mission. Associates can wear the small club patch.

Those interested in learning more about the club are invited to attend PLA’s monthly social, which meets from 8:30pm – 10:00pm on the third Friday of each month at The Bike Stop. Applications for the charter pledge class will be accepted through January 13, 2012.

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