Category: National

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Mr. International Rubber Travel Fund renamed the Sly Hands Travel Fund

CHICAGO — As part of the ceremonies opening the 21st Mr. International Rubber (MIR) contest, Chief Operating Officer William “Rubberwilli” Schendel announced that the executive committee of the organization was renaming the winners travel fund to honor Si “Sly” Hands, Mr. International Rubber 2012. The renamed fund will be known as the “Sly Hands Travel…

IML owner Renslow Charitable Trust holds first meeting

International Mr. Leather

CHICAGO — The Renslow Charitable Trust held its initial organizational meeting at the Executive Offices of International Mr. Leather, Inc. (IML) in Chicago this week. The Trust was formed to manage and ensure Chuck’s express desire that IML be a direct funding source for The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), located in Chicago.  Chuck announced…

NLA-International writing submissions being accepted for 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — NLA-International (NLA-I), a national organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards. The awards are given for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. The deadline for…

Larry Flynt offers $10 million for dirt on 45

LOS ANGELES — Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, is offering $10 million for information that will get the current president out of office. From NBC: The bounty was also published in a full-page ad in the Washington Post, the Associated Press reported, and represents a 10-fold increase from a reward Flynt offered last October,…

US clarifies vote on UN death penalty resolution

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department explained its “no” vote on a anti-death penalty resolution after an outcry on social media. From NBC OUT: In a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explained why the U.S. voted against the resolution. “We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s…

U.S. votes against UN resolution banning death for being gay

NEW YORK — Last week, the United States voted against a United Nations human rights resolution that condemned using the death penalty for same-sex relationships, the Washington Blade reported. From the Blade: The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin. Congo,…

Bob Behr appointed LA&M board president

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard’s announcement he is stepping down as President, effective September 27. Krongaard will retain his position on the Board of Directors, of which he has been a…

Defense Secretary: Transgender troops can stay pending study

WASHINGTON — The Hill reported Tuesday evening that that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the announcement Tuesday. From The Hill: The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis…