Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

New kink survey available

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — This post is here to let you know about Project SPEAK. Project SPEAK stands for “Sexual and Personal Experiences Among Kinksters”. Last year, we collected hundreds of stories from kinky people from dozens of countries around the world. Based on those stories, this year’s survey has been designed to scientifically test…

Finalists announced for 2017 NLA-I writing awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio — National Leather Association – International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the semi-finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing…

Judges announced for International Mr. Leather 2017

International Mr. Leather

CHICAGO – The Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather is pleased to announce the Judges and Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017: The Judges for the International Mr. Leather competition are as follows: David “Tigger” Bailey, Howell, NJ – International Mr. Leather 2016 Aaron Michael Laxton, St. Louis, MO…

Help Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 Jeff Willoughby

CHICAGO — Jeff Willoughby is Mr. Chicago Leather 2005. He has been a longtime member of the Chicago community. He’s been a member of Men of ONYX/Midwest, educated, served as the administrator of the Leather Hall of Fame, acted as a judge at IML 2015, and has been a longtime emcee for the Mr. Midwest Rubber…

Help protect our transgender community

CHICAGO — Many have asked how to help our trans friends during this time, so I have assembled a list of organizations that do trans-specific work, trying to focus on by and for the trans community orgs. SMALL ORGs *These orgs are typically small and receive very little funding (a lot of funding winds up…

Support the Leather Heart Foundation

ATLANTA — The Board of Directors, Officers and Staff of the Leather Heart Foundation would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday weekend! There are several events, large and small, local, regional, national and international, going on in our community over this long weekend, and many of us have the opportunity…

IML Weekend raises $72,000 for the LA&M

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack weekend raised $72,000 for the LA&M during the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend event.  In addition to donations from visitors to the IML Leather Market, funds were raised at a raffle of a portable sling from Fort Troff, a…

LA&M celebrates 25 years of leather history

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

CHICAGO — Nestled amid a residential/business corridor of Rogers Park in Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum–an arguably unique, off-the-beaten-path museum–is preparing to celebrate its work of preserving leather/fetish/BDSM/kink history this fall, when the museum will host its 25th Anniversary Weekend, September 16th to 18th. Plans for the museum’s 25th Anniversary Weekend include numerous receptions, educational programming,…