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Spokeswoman: Obama not likely to make it to gay leather events during Inaugural weekend

by Nick Cargo

Remember back in August when Focus on the Family's Stuart Shepard asked his audience to "pray for rain" on Barack Obama's DNC nomination acceptance speech?

Those prayers may have been answered. Sort of. It will, indeed, rain men in Washington, D.C. in the run-up to the Inauguration.

The Centaur Motorcycle Club, a primarily gay organization with an "enthusiastic interest in motorcycles, leather and other men," will be hosting a few thousand of its members at its annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, which will precede the Inauguration, guaranteeing plenty of scenery for the up to 4 million visitors expected to mark the President-elect's swearing-in.

Obama will probably not be able to attend any of the Leather Weekend festivities. "Let's just say it's likely the president-elect will be occupied with many other activities," spokeswoman Linda Douglass told ABC News.

"Certainly many of our guests are happy about the inauguration and some people will be attending both," said Centaur spokesman Larry Barat, "but for us we're celebrating what we normally celebrate the leather community, and our [motorcycle] club, and the anniversary."

"I think that this event contributes to the rich diversity of the capital," added D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham. "We've welcomed them here many times, and we welcome them again. In my mind it's a positive gathering of people." While he has attended Centaur's functions in the past, Graham said he was "not a member of the leather community as such."


Originally published on Monday January 5, 2009.

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