LA&M board adopts new mission statement

CHICAGO — At the Annual Meeting of the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) the Board of Directors continued strategic planning work that began last year with the adoption of a new Mission Statement for the organization.

“The new mission statement better reflects both the work of the LA&M and the communities we serve,” said Bob Miller, a board member. “It also properly highlights accessibility. For centuries sex has been feared and kink and power exchange in sex has been condemned. We are embracing the future of sex in a new era of understanding and celebration.”

Board member Mike Daggs shared, “Language around the leather lifestyle has changed and this new mission statement gives the Archives and opportunity to look forward to its next 25 years.”

According to board member Steve Ranger, “During the planning sessions the we sought to create a clear and concise mission that will guide the core work of the LA&M staff, volunteers, and Board.”

The new Mission Statement, “Making leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement” is now live on the LA&M’s website at and will begin to guide the daily and long-term operations of the institution.

The mission statement comes as the LA&M enters the initial stages of the interview process for a new Executive Director. Members of the Executive Director Selection Committee will hear firsthand how the candidates plan to use their experience and leadership skills to fulfill the institution’s mission during the initial round of interviews this week.

via press release