UPDATED: Leather Archives & Museum announces resignation of executive director

Rick Storer

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum announced today in a press release that Executive Director Rick Storer will resign to pursue new opportunities. The resignation will take effect June 11, 2017.

Jon Krongaard, president of the LA&M said, “When Rick called to share the news with me, I was very surprised. And while I am saddened by his leaving for a new role in the Chicago LGBTQ Community, I am also grateful for his 15 years of amazing service to the LA&M. Under his leadership, we have grown in ways very few thought possible. We are well positioned for what I know to be an exciting and vibrant future. The Board of Directors will be announcing the formation of a search committee for a new Executive Director in very short order along with the naming of an interim Executive Director.”

Rick Storer joined the Board of the Leather Archives & Museum in 2001 and joined the staff as Executive Director in 2002. During his tenure the organization saw growth in the size of the collection and its accessibility. Rick worked with the Board of Directors to successfully complete a capital campaign in 2004. His guidance and leadership over the past 15 years leave the LA&M poised to collect and provide access to Leather / kink / BDSM / fetish history and culture for years to come. “I am grateful for the privilege to have worked so closely with the amazing history at the LA&M. I am excited for the bright future of of the Leather Archives,” Rick added.

Visit the Leather Archives & Museum website for more information about the organization.


Rick followed up the email announcement and breaking news with a post on his personal Facebook page. He stated that he will be staying in the Chicago area and thanked the people he had worked with over the past 15 years.

“This has been a dream job in every sense,” Rick said in the post. “[W]orking in a building filled with leather history, having meetings in offices and conference rooms with Etienne’s art on the walls and being surrounding by the legacies of people I look up to as giants. It has been a pleasure to work for a Board of Directors that are civil with each other even when not in agreement. Their passion and time for this organization has been truly inspiring.”

Rick also said that his husband Jeffrey Storer will continue at the LA&M.