During the Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) monthly Board meeting on September 4, 2018, a question was raised by a member of the LA leather community in regards to LALC’s policy on banning individuals from LALC events. LALC has no such policy, because we are a nonprofit dedicated to social welfare. It would be a contradiction of our mission statement, which is centered on fostering communication, to exclude people from community gatherings. As a practical matter, we typically hold events in public venues, which must also abide by local and federal laws regarding access for all types of individuals. In general, that means that everyone is welcome, yet specific situations may arise during a given event that could call for us to ask someone to leave that particular event. Such situations would be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Similarly, the monthly Board meetings held by LALC are open to members of the community to witness. The purpose of these meetings is for Board Directors to discuss LALC business with the assistance of representatives from our Community Partners. However, the last two Board meetings have devolved into the airing of personal grievances. Our meetings are not town halls for grandstanding and theatrics. LALC is not an appeals court for decisions made by other organizations; we are not moderators or arbiters for community disputes. As leaders in the community, it is important to us that everyone feel seen and heard – and there are many legitimate issues that should be discussed among our Community Partners – but we will only do so with rational, impersonal discourse.
Yours in leather,
Chair, Los Angeles Leather Coalition
Executive Producer, Los Angeles Leather Pride
If you would like more information about this Statement and/or the LALC, please contact the LALC Board Secretary Apolonio “Señor Apple” E. Muñoz III at (323) 553-1236 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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