Executive director search committee updates LA&M membership on progress

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) Executive Director Search Committee reports the process for naming the next Executive Director is progressing as planned. In June 2017, following 15 years as LA&M Executive Director, Rick Storer pursued new opportunities with another Chicago non-profit organization. “The Board has been quick to develop and implement a comprehensive…

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,…

American Brotherhood Weekend this weekend

CHICAGO — Our 28th year promises to have yet another reason to visit Chicago in October. another family reunion that you have all come to love. Stay tuned as more will follow. Event Schedule at a Glance (Subject to change) Friday 10/6 5:00-10:00 pm Registration for participants at Touché: Join us for a pre event…

Chicago ClubFem Halloween Party, Oct. 7

CHICAGO — Get ready for a Monster of a good time! Save the Date for the October 7, 2017 Party! RSVPing on the Fetlife page does not get you on the guest list, but it does remind you to attend! RSVPs MUST be sent to chicagomistress@gmail.com by 8 pm the Friday BEFORE the party, October 6th. Chicago…

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2017 contest held

PEORIA — Jeremy Miller won the second Mr. Central Illinois Bear competition this past weekend out of a field of four contestants. The contest was put on by the River City Bears of Peoria. A meet and greet was held Friday night at Club Diesel with the actual contest held Saturday at Blondie’s. The contest…

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…

Equality Illinois honors Planned Parenthood of Illinois, LGBTQ activist Jim Bennett

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO – For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the…

Sushi Night Peoria, Oct. 2

PEORIA — Come out for some good food and hang out with friends. Meeting at Sushi Ko in the back corner of the Metro Center at 630 between Nick and Willy’s and Naturally Yours Grocery. They do have great Chinese food along with sushi. Best part is it’s 25% off your whole bill. We have…

Rauner meets with leaders of LGBTQ, allied organizations

CHICAGO – LGBTQ and allied groups met with Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday morning to discuss challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans that might find remedy in actions by the state.

The issues discussed during the meeting at Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ largest civil rights organization, included healthcare and human services, youth and schools, housing, immigration, LGBTQ cultural competency of state-funded programs, and the protection and promotion of civil rights.

#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches

CHICAGO — A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fairSept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago’s LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the…

Champaign/Urbana hold second Pride parade

CHAMPAIGN – This was the second year that kink and leather people marched together in the CU Pride Parade. The community held their parade on Sept. 17. 

Seventeen people of varied genders, identities and orientations from CU RACK, The River City Bears and Mr. Central Illinois Bear marched the route on a sweltering day. The parade included close to 80 entries.

Fall club rush in Chicago

CHICAGO — The leather and fetish clubs of Chicago held their annual fall club rush this past weekend at Touche in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Representatives from ONYX/Midwest, Chicago Puppy Patrol, Chicago Leather Club, Trident Windy City, Windy City boys Troop and BLUF Chicago were all present.   by