Category: National

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PASSINGS: Chuck Renslow, leather community founder

Updated with comments from IML, Center on Halstead, and the Leather Archives & Museum CHICAGO — It was announced today that Chuck Renslow, founder of International Mr. Leather and co-founder of the Leather Archives & Museum, has passed away. He was 87. The news was announced on Facebook by Tracy Baim, publisher of the Windy…

Gay publication barred from DOJ Pride event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A reporter from the Washington Blade, the capital’s gay newspaper, was barred from a Pride event at the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday, the newspaper reported. During remarks by Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana Boente, a Justice Department approached reporter Chris Johnson and told him that the event was closed to…

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 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…

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,…