Formal Dinner With Gary Wasdin of LA&M

Saturday, September 14, 2024 6:00 PM → 8:00 PM

Dress Code: What is "formal" to you?

In our diverse community of leather folks, kinksters, pets and all the adjacent supporters - formal can mean a lot of things! Dress fancy and join us for dinner with our very special guest presenter Gary Wasdin, Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum!

About Our Presenter

Gary Wasdin is the Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, and if you have any latent librarian fantasies about overdue books and creative ways to pay your fines, he’s your guy. Gary is a Bi Dom Leather Daddy Bear (BDLDB) who flags red, yellow, tan and hunter green on the left. In his free time Gary enjoys travel, food, and awkward silence. Gary is a passionate advocate for body positivity and sexiness in all shapes and sizes. Gary’s professional background is in academic and public libraries, where he has worked to build more inclusive spaces that are welcoming to everyone. He holds Masters degrees in Library Science and English, and a Bachelor’s degree in theatre. He lives in Chicago with his boy Jon, and you can find him in various places online as chicagocigardad.

Leather MythBusting: Exploring the Legends and Lore of Leather History

Much of the history of leather and kink comes form an oral tradition, with stories shared and passed down among friends and chosen family. In the absence of extensive research and publication, this has allowed us to mark significant events and key people in our community. However, our memories are faulty...sometimes by accident and occasionally by design, we retain certain bits of information and omit others. Some facts are exaggerated while others are minimized or discarded completely. This is a natural element of being human, but as a result we often don't know fact from fiction. Unpacking our history and learning what we know to be true is an important part of our cultural growth. The myths and legends however are important too! Knowing why stories are remembered and shared in a particular way tells us a lot about who we are and what we value. The important thing is knowing the difference.

Dinner includes:

  • Spinach Salad
    Tended Baby Spinach with Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans, Red Onion, Berries and Honey Balsamic Dressing
  • Entree (Your Choice Of)
    • Grilled Basil Chicken Blistered Tomatoes with Basil
    • Braised Short Ribs Burgundy Demi-Glace
    • Vegetable Lasagna
  • Starch & Vegetables
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Dutch Apple Cake
  • Coffee Service


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