Memorial service set for beloved gay Atlanta man

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Gay Atlanta has two opportunities to celebrate the life of Alan Penrod, the beloved leather enthusiast, title-holder and event organizer who died last week.

On Sunday, friends and family will gather for a service at H.M. Patterson & Son – Spring Hill Chapel in Midtown. A viewing and reception is scheduled for 3 p.m., with a service starting at 5 p.m.

From friend Andrew Stier:

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in his honor to The Leather Heart Foundation: Our Community, Our Heart. He cared deeply for this organization, and always held their work close to his heart. 

On Jan. 30, the Atlanta Eagle will host a memorial service for Penrod.

Forever in our hearts. A memorial service for SIR Alan Penrod will be held at the Atlanta Eagle on January 30th from 8-10pm. Please join us, share a cigar and a story. We will be serving food and, of course, drinks are available at the bar.

Leather gear is encouraged for the evening. Men are invited to attend bare chested in honor of his typical attire of no shirt and a leather vest.

Penrod was a fixture at the Midtown bar, winning the Mr. Atlanta Eagle contest in 2009 and helping stage the event in later years. He also hosted fetish nights there as well as Atlanta Leather Pride Weekend and Southeast Black & Blue Weekend. 

Penrod suffered a “medical emergency” on Jan. 14 and died, provoking an outpouring of emotion from friends and leather enthusiasts across the country. Friends in Chicago raised a glass to honor Penrod on Saturday at Chicago leather bar Touché.


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