Tom Wray

Gay Pa. state rep ‘welcomes’ Pence to town

PHILADELPHA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims welcomed Vice-President Mike Pence to his city by flipping the bird on a recent Facebook post. From The Hill: State Rep. Brian Sims (D), who represents Philadelphia and is the state’s first openly gay legislator, posted the photo on Facebook with a preface of “OFFICIAL WELCOME” ahead of…

Michigan GOP ask state AG to roll back LGBTQ protections ruling

LANSING — Michigan GOP leaders are asking Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette to say the state’s Civil Rights Commission overstepped its powers when it said it could hear complaints of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, a Michigan newspaper reported. From the Detroit Free Press: “We write to request your opinion on the legality of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s…

F*ck Cancer fundraiser raises $1,131 in jock auction

CHICAGO — Midwest Drummer and Drummerboy held a fundraiser at Jackhammer on Saturday night to raise money for cancer research. Brandon Gentry and Pup Bayard recruited about 20 people to wear or donate ripe jockstraps that were auctioned off on stage by local entertainer Diamond Devereaux. A total of $1,131 was raised with all the…

Trident Chili Cook-Off raises $1,500 for BYC

CHICAGO — Trident Windy City’s annual Chili Cook-Off raised $1,500 for Chicago’s Broadway Youth Center and new participant Chicago Puppy Patrol nabbed first place in the competition.

Local leather service club Trident Windy City hosts two inter-club competitions each year, a cupcake baking competition in the spring and a chill cook-off in fall. All money raised goes to BYC.

First Chicago Bear and Cub named at Bearfest

CHICAGO — Rough Rick won the first Chicago Bear title and Drew Recker won the first Chicago Cub title on Saturday, May 27, at Chicago’s Touche. The contest was the climax of the first Chicago Bearfest weekend. Touche manager David Boyer said during the contest that the Bearfest was started, basically at the last minute,…

First Chicago Bearfest kicks off this weekend

CHICAGO — While there is no Bear Pride this year, the bear community does have options along with International Mr. Leather. The first Chicago Bearfest starts on Thursday, May 25. People can start off the furry weekend at the Launch Party, held at Touche in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. There will be a DJ and…

Springfield holds first Pride Parade

SPRINGFIELD — The state capital held it’s first-ever Pride Parade on Saturday, May 20, the State Journal-Register reported. The parade went down Fifth Street after starting at Allen Street and ended in the downtown area at the site of the annual PrideFest festival. The event was sponsored by the Phoenix Center, Springfield’s gay community center. Organizers told…

IML 2017 send off for Mr. Fetish Jackhammer, Mr. Leather 64TEN

CHICAGO — Jackhammer and leather store Leather 64TEN held an IML send-off for their contestants at Jackhammer on Saturday, May 13. Slade Travis, Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2017, and TJ Howard, Mr. Leather 64TEN 2017, will be two of three contestants representing Chicago at International Mr. Leather over Memorial Day weekend. Saturday was also TJ’s birthday…

ILGRA names new Mr. ILGRA 2017

CHICAGO — The Illinois Gay Rodeo Association (ILGRA) named Shawn Bennett as their Mr. ILGRA 2017 on Saturday, May 13. Shawn will represent ILGRA and help promote the rodeo over the next year with Ashley Morgan, Miss ILGRA 2017. Ashley is also the owner of The Call, a bar at the northern edge of Chicago’s…