Mark Adams, founder of the Sydney Leather Pride Association, passed away on Monday after a long battle with HIV. He was survived by his partner Don Balfour, also known as Fragile Freeda Free.

Adams was involved with South Pacific Motorcycle Club and the Dolphins before playing a role in registering the Sydney Leather Pride Association in 1993.

He later returned to active involvement as SLPA secretary in 2002-2004. Greg Boyle, who was SLPA president during the period, remembered Adams as a brilliant contributor to the group.

He didn’t believe everything had to be taken so seriously. Do the job properly, but have fun doing it. Mark would always see the silly side of serious matters, because he believed everyone was a volunteer, it shouldn’t destroy their life, they should be having fun, Boyle said.

Adams spent his final days in Queensland.

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