A prospective new member into the Lords of Leather, Inc., is by application only, and is subject to the process and approval of the entire voting membership.
There are three classes of membership in the Lords of Leather:
Lords, are active members, pay annual dues as proscribed by the krewe and, in addition, are required to participate in various fund-raising activities during the krewe year. Furthermore, Lords are required to attend krewe functions and assist wherever needed. In turn, Lords receive the most benefits of membership privileges within the Lords of Leather.
Viscounts, are known as associate members, and pay annual dues as proscribed by the krewe. They are not required to participate in krewe functions, although they are encouraged to do so. A Viscount-level membership is geared particularly to those members who wish to actively support the krewe, but who are unable to attend all required functions. Viscounts receive a smaller set of benefits from their membership in the krewe.
Barons, also known as affiliate members, pay small annual dues as proscribed by the krewe. The Baron-level membership is primarily for those members who are unable to participate in most krewe activities, and who are unable to take advantage of the higher levers of membership. Barons receive limited benefits from their membership in the Krewe.
In addition, each year the krewe may recognize a small number of honorary members, or Viceroys, for their outstanding volunteer services and support to the krewe. Viceroys receive no benefits from their membership.
SPOTTERS GUIDE NOTE: If you spot or see a leather vest with the large krewe crest patch on the back, you will know that you have seen a full and active member of the krewe. All other levels of membership are allowed to wear a smaller version of our patch.