Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

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,…

International Mr. Leather announces 2016 emcees

International Mr. Leather

CHICAGO — International Mr. Leather announced the emcees for the 2016 contest through their Facebook page today. The emcees will be Thib Guichard-Callin and Lenny Broberg. IML management said this in their announcement: Lenny Broberg, IML 1992 will be lending his smoky voice and infectious snark once again! Joining him this year will be French…