Melbourne’s newest gay and lesbian leather association, Victoria Leather, is now officially in operation.

The group held a special general meeting on October 25 to elect its committee of management.

The community organisation also voted in favour of becoming an incorporated body and approved a constitution.

Those elected to the committee include 2011 Laird Leatherman Luke Moon, Dee Chryssomallos, Lynda Horn, boyPaulus, VicLeather spokesman Nathan Niessen, Sue Taylor, Andrew Lovett, Sean Knight, and former PLWHA Victoria president Greg Iverson.

The committee is yet to approve its four office-bearers.

Key members of Victoria’s leather community were among the 57 people who attended the meeting.

The group says it will now focus on supporting Victoria’s leather communities with workshops, events and a leather festival.

VicLeather was formed on July 11 this year and effectively replaces Melbourne Leather Pride which has wound down since its 2010 Leather Pride Festival.

In July Niessen said VicLeather already has the support of leather businesses Eagle Leather, Manhaus, and Lucrezia and De Sade, and the Laird Hotel.

INFO: www.vicleather.org.au

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