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Historical leather community exhibit to be displayed at Palm Springs Pride

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- A traveling exhibit of alternative sexuality materials dating to the 1700s will be on display at this year's annual Palm Springs LGBT Pride celebration, to be held Nov. 3-4.

A portion of the Carter-Johnson Leather Library will be a part of the "Fetish in the Outfield" leather area within the Palm Springs Pride Festival, and include items such as artwork, books, DVDs, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, club and event pins, posters and other materials.

The collection covers everything from 18th century writings on the intersection of pain and pleasure to pulp erotica from the 1930s and 1940s, on up to complete series runs of LGBTQ and kinky pansexual magazines like Bizarre, Drummer, Cuir Underground and Black Leather in Color.

"We are thrilled to bring this phenomenal leather history resource to Palm Springs," said Ron deHarte, president of Greater Palm Springs Pride. "Festival attendees will have a chance to see this priceless exhibit and make a connection to the history of the LGBT and heterosexual Leather community."

Founded by Viola Johnson, the leather library started as a personal collection in the early 1970s and over the years grew into the vast array of items it holds today. Inspired by incidents of book-burning by those who thought the materials were questionable, Johnson decided to save all that she could, and the library was born. It began traveling to various events in 2003.

The Carter-Johnson Leather Library traveling exhibit will be a part of Fetish in the Outfield, the leather-focused area, at the Pride Festival with admission included with purchase of a festival ticket. Exhibit hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Nov. 3-4. The Pride Festival will be located at Sunrise Park, 1901 E. Baristo Road.

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