Melbourne Leather Pride (MLP) today handed over the name of its organisation, the Mr Leather Australia/New Zealand Contest and Leather Pride Fair to rival group, Melbourne Leather Community.

The new leather group formed on July 11 after concerns Melbourne Leather Pride was not representing the Melbourne leather community.

In a letter today, former MLP director Alex Schoeffel effectively handed over the festival to Melbourne Leather Community, which is soon to be renamed Victoria Leather Inc.

“I am pleased to put in writing for you that I am releasing the intellectual property of Melbourne Leather Pride to the new formative organisation,” Schoeffel said.

The move halts plans for MLP to run the Leather Pride Festival and the Mr Leather competition in October and November next year.

Schoeffel also said handing over the organisation will mean it is no longer auspiced by the ALSO Foundation when it comes to applying for future funding applications. MLP received a $13,000 Yarra Council grant this year.

Melbourne Leather Community spokesman Nathan Niessen said the group will release a statement shortly in response.

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